Popular support for progressive taxation and the relative income hypothesis

Tapan Mitra, Efe A. Ok, Levent Koçkesen

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    Abstract

    We show that a marginal rate progressive tax always defeats a marginal rate regressive tax under pairwise majority voting (so long as the latter collects at least as much revenue as the former one) irrespective of whether the voters care at all about their relative incomes or not.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)69-76
    Number of pages8
    JournalEconomics Letters
    Volume58
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

    Keywords

    • D72
    • Interdependent preferences
    • Progressive income taxation
    • Voting

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Finance
    • Economics and Econometrics

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