Pareto-improving tax reforms and the Earned Income Tax Credit

Category: Applied Microeconomics and Organization Seminar
When: 19 January 2022
, 14:15
 - 15:30
Where: Frankfurt School, room S3.06

Title: Pareto-improving tax reforms and the Earned Income Tax Credit

Abstract: This paper provides necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of Pareto-improving tax reforms. The conditions can be expressed as sufficient statistics and have a wide range of potential applications in public finance. We discuss one such application in detail: the introduction of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in the US. We find that the EITC can be viewed as a response to an inefficiency in the tax and transfer system prevailing at the time. This adds a new perspective to the literature on why the EITC is a good idea, emphasizing Pareto improvements rather than equity-efficiency trade-offs.



Organization of the seminar:


  • This seminar is planned as face-to-face event at the Frankfurt School.
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  • Detailed information will follow in the invitation email