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Progressive Estate Taxation

Emmanuel Farhi, Ivan Werning

NBER Working Paper No. 12600
Issued in October 2006
NBER Program(s):   EFG   PE

For an economy with altruistic parents facing productivity shocks, the optimal estate taxation is progressive: fortunate parents should face lower net returns on their inheritances. This progressivity reflects optimal mean reversion in consumption, which ensures that a long-run steady state exists with bounded inequality - avoiding immiseration.

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Published: Farhi, Emmanuel and Ivan Werning. “Progressive Estate Taxation." Quarterly Journal of Economics 125, 2 (May 2010): 635-673..

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