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Author Diamond, Peter A.
Title Taxation, incomplete markets, and social security : the 2000 Munich lectures / Peter A. Diamond.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2003.

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Author Diamond, Peter A.
Series Munich lectures in economics
Munich lectures in economics.
Subject Welfare economics.
Welfare state.
Social security -- Finance.
Taxation -- Germany.
Capitalism -- Germany.
Social security -- Germany -- Finance.
Alt Name Universitat Munchen. Institut fur Wirtschaftsforschung.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 160 pages)
Note "CES."
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-156) and indexes.
Note Print version record.
Contents Series Foreword; Laudation for Peter A. Diamond; Preface; 1 Introduction; 2 Income Taxation; 3 Models of Optimal Lifetime Income Taxation with Time-Consistent Preferences; 4 Models of Optimal Lifetime Income Taxation with Time-Inconsistent Preferences; 5 Incomplete Markets and Social Security; 6 Models of Optimal Retirement Incentives with Varying Disutility of Labor; 7 Models of Optimal Retirement Incentives with Varying Life Expectancy; 8 Pension Insurance Reform with a Focus on Germany; 9 Theory and Policy; References; Name Index; Subject Index.
Summary In this book, Peter Diamond analyzes social security as a particular example of optimal taxation theory. Assuming a world of incomplete markets and asymmetric information, he uses a variety of simple models to illuminate the economic forces that bear on specific social security policy issues. The focus is on the degree of progressivity desirable in social security and the design of incentives to delay retirement beyond the earliest age of eligibility for benefits. Before analyzing these models, Diamond presents introductions to optimal income tax theory and the theory of incomplete markets. He incorporates recent theoretical developments such as time-inconsistent preferences into his analyses and shows that distorting taxes and a measure of progressivity in benefits are desirable. Diamond also discusses social security reform, with a focus on Germany.
ISBN 9780262271684 (electronic bk.)
0262271680 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9780262042130
OCLC # 62065792
Additional Format Print version: Diamond, Peter A. Taxation, incomplete markets, and social security. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2003 0262042134 (DLC) 2002071769 (OCoLC)49894527

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