Estate taxation with intended and accidental bequests

Tomer Blumkin*, Efraim Sadka

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In this paper we examine the properties of the optimal estate tax in the presence of a complete set of tax instruments available to the social planner. We allow for both types of bequest motives, namely altruistic and accidental. We examine the case for estate taxation which seems to be the strongest (but not impeccable) with accidental bequests. In general, the estate tax is highly sensitive to the relative importance of the two bequest motives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2004


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