Public Pensions in a Multi-Period Mirrleesian Income Tax Model
26 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2017
Date Written: December 1, 2016
Using an OLG model with skill uncertainty and private savings, we investigate whether an optimally designed set of public pension transfers can usefully supplement a nonlinear labor income tax as a welfare-enhancing policy instrument. We consider a Mirrleesian setting where agents' skills are private information and highlight that, even though pensions, by crowding out private savings, adversely affect the achievement of the golden-rule, they can be used as a mimicking-deterring device that makes it easier for the government to achieve the desired redistributive goals.
Keywords: public pensions, dynamic optimal income taxation, capital income taxation, tagging
JEL Classification: H210, H550, H630
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