Mathematical social sciences vol:48 issue:2 pages:151-182
We compute optimal linear taxes on labor income with quasilinear preferences between income and labor. Agents differ in their productivity and in their taste for leisure. A responsibility sensitive egalitarian wants to compensate for the former differences but not for the latter. This intuition is captured by a social planner that wants to equalize opportunities for subjective utility along the lines of the criteria proposed by Roemer and Van de gaer, and by a social planner evaluating social states based on an advantage function representing reference preferences. Our theoretical results are illustrated with empirical data for Belgium. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.