Good Jobs, Bad Jobs and Redistribution

18 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2005

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Kjell Erik Lommerud

University of Bergen - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Bjorn Sandvik

University of Bergen - Department of Economics

Odd Rune Straume

University of Minho - Economic Policies Research Unit (NIPE); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Abstract

We analyse the question of optimal taxation in a dual economy, when the policy-maker is concerned about the distribution of labour income. Income inequality is caused by the presence of sunk capital investments, which creates a 'good jobs' sector due to the capture of quasi-rents by trade unions. With strong unions and high planner preference for income equality, the optimal policy is a combination of investment subsidies and progressive income taxation. If unions are weaker, the policy-maker may instead choose to tax investment.

Suggested Citation

Lommerud, Kjell Erik and Sandvik, Bjorn and Straume, Odd Rune, Good Jobs, Bad Jobs and Redistribution. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=633433

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Bjorn Sandvik

University of Bergen - Department of Economics ( email )

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Norway

Odd Rune Straume

University of Minho - Economic Policies Research Unit (NIPE) ( email )

Campus de Gualtar
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Portugal

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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