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Choice Freedom and Redistribution Policies

University of Siena Quaderni del Dipartimento di Economia Politica Working Paper No. 384

12 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2003  

Ernesto Screpanti

University of Siena - Department of Political Economy

Date Written: May 2003

Abstract

Opportunity sets are defined by taking account of budgetary, institutional and legal constraints. Then a cardinal measure of freedom is proposed which is apt to interpersonal comparisons of opportunity sets. Individual choice freedom may expand when a new good is publicly provided free or at a low price. On the other hand it is decreased by taxes. It is argued that progressive taxation redistributes freedom in favour of the poor, all the more so when public revenues are used to finance the public provision of goods, in which case overall freedom may result enlarged.

Keywords: Freedom, opportunity sets, public goods, progressive taxation

JEL Classification: D63, D71

Suggested Citation

Screpanti, Ernesto, Choice Freedom and Redistribution Policies (May 2003). University of Siena Quaderni del Dipartimento di Economia Politica Working Paper No. 384. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=427420 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.427420

Ernesto Screpanti (Contact Author)

University of Siena - Department of Political Economy ( email )

Piazza S. Francesco 7
Siena 53100
Italy

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