Taxes and Torts in the Redistribution of Income

24 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2002

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David A. Weisbach

University of Chicago - Law School; Center for Robust Decisionmaking on Climate & Energy Policy (RDCEP)

Date Written: April 2002

Abstract

This paper, presented as the Coase Lecture at the University of Chicago Law School, summarizes in a non-technical fashion the recent literature on the use of legal rules to redistribute income. The argument, as made in prior literature, is that the tax system is likely to be superior to legal rules for redistribution of income because it focuses directly on the relevant margins.

Keywords: Coase lecture, tax law

Suggested Citation

Weisbach, David, Taxes and Torts in the Redistribution of Income (April 2002). U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 148. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=307007 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.307007

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