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Regional Cost-of-Living Adjustments in Tax-Transfer Schemes

35 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2000 Last revised: 17 Sep 2010

Louis Kaplow

Harvard Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: February 1995

Abstract

The federal income tax and major welfare programs do not take into account significant cost-of-living variations among regions. This article considers what adjustments might be appropriate in light of the distributive purposes of tax and welfare systems and concerns about the efficiency of the interregional allocation of resources. Price index problems, differences in amenities, and heterogeneity of individuals' locational preferences are considered.

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Kaplow, Louis, Regional Cost-of-Living Adjustments in Tax-Transfer Schemes (February 1995). NBER Working Paper No. w5008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=225787

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