A case for taxing charitable donations

Tomer Blumkin, Efraim Sadka*

*Corresponding author for this work

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We develop a model that allows for public goods and status signaling through charitable contributions. We use this setup to re-examine the conventional practice of rendering a favorable tax treatment to charitable contributions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1555-1564
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • Charitable contributions
  • Inequality
  • Optimal taxation
  • Re-distribution
  • Signaling
  • Social status


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