Optimal labor income taxation with the dividend effect

Alexey Kushnir, Robertas Zubrickas

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The unequal distribution of dividends implies the unequal distribution of the profit share of workers’ product of labor. In a Mirrleesian framework when dividends cannot be expropriated, we show that a progressive distribution of dividends creates a positive dividend effect on labor income taxes. Our numerical simulations show the dividend effect to be approximately four percentage points. We analyze the dividend effect under different market structures and its interplay with other forms of taxation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomic Theory
Early online date13 May 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 May 2024


  • D43
  • Dividends
  • H21
  • H23
  • Income tax policy
  • Inequality
  • Market structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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