Education policies and taxation without commitment
Title: Education policies and taxation without commitment
Citation: Scandinavian journal of economics, 2017, OnlineFirst
ISSN: 1467-9442; 0347-0520
We study the implications of limited commitment on education and tax policies chosen by benevolent governments. Individual wages are determined by both innate abilities and education levels. Consistent with real world practices, the government can decide to subsidize different levels of education at different rates. The lack of commitment influences the optimal structure of education subsidies. The direction of the effect depends on the design of labor taxes. With linear labor tax rates and a transfer for redistribution, subsidies become more progressive. By contrast, if the government is only constrained by informational asymmetries when designing taxes, subsidies become more regressive.
Accepted manuscript online: 12 APR 2017
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