On Vertically Challenged and Horizontal Equity - Reassessing Anti-Discrimination Rules

15 Pages Posted: 11 May 2004

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Tomer Blumkin

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Yoram Y. Margalioth

Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law

Efraim Sadka

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: April 2004

Abstract

We consider a model of prejudice-driven discrimination, where the advantaged 'tall' discriminate against the disadvantaged 'short'. We employ an egalitarian social welfare function to compare anti-discrimination legal rules with a non-discriminatory ('height-blind') income tax.

Keywords: Discrimination, optimal taxation, horizontal equity

JEL Classification: H2, D6

Suggested Citation

Blumkin, Tomer and Margalioth, Yoram Y. and Sadka, Efraim, On Vertically Challenged and Horizontal Equity - Reassessing Anti-Discrimination Rules (April 2004). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1125. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=542522

Tomer Blumkin

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