On the Desirability of Taxing Charitable Contributions

35 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2007

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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)

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: January 2007

Abstract

We develop a model that allows for public goods and status signaling through charitable contributions. This model provides a unified framework in which contributions are driven both by altruism and status signaling. We use this setup to re-examine the conventional practice of rendering a favorable tax treatment to charitable contributions.

Keywords: optimal taxation, re-distribution, charitable contributions, inequality

JEL Classification: H2, D6

Suggested Citation

Blumkin, Tomer and Sadka, Efraim, On the Desirability of Taxing Charitable Contributions (January 2007). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1900. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=962044

Tomer Blumkin

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics ( email )

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Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics ( email )

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