Welfare Dominance: an Application to Commodity Taxation

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Shlomo Yitzhaki

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Joel B. Slemrod

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: December 1987

Abstract

In this paper, we suggest a method which enables the user to identify commodities that all individuals who can agree on certain weak assumptions with regard to the social welfare function will agree upon as worth subsidizing or taxing in the absence of efficiency considerations. The method is based on an extension of the stochastic dominance criteria and is illustrated using data from Israel.

Suggested Citation

Yitzhaki, Shlomo and Slemrod, Joel B., Welfare Dominance: an Application to Commodity Taxation (December 1987). NBER Working Paper No. w2451. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=977748

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