Friday, September 3, 2021
Thomas Aronsson (University of Umea), Olof Johansson-Stenman (University of Gothenburg), and Ronald Wender (University of Graz) have posted Charity, Status, and Optimal Taxation: Welfarist and Non-Welfarist Approaches on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This paper analyzes optimal taxation of charitable giving to a public good in a Mirrleesian framework with social comparisons. Leisure separability together with zero transaction costs of giving imply that charitable giving should be subsidized to such an extent that governmental contributions are completely crowded out, regardless of whether the government acknowledges warm glows of giving. Stronger concerns for relative charitable giving and larger transaction costs support lower marginal subsidies, whereas relative consumption concerns work in the other direction. A dual screening approach, where charitable giving constitutes an indicator of wealth, is also presents. Numerical simulations supplement the theoretical results.