Alberto Alesina, 30 September 2008

In Italy, microfirms held by women pay a higher interest rate with respect to those firms managed by men. This column tests and rejects many possible explanations for this differential interest rate. Discrimination cannot be ruled out.

Alberto Alesina, Andrea Ichino, 05 May 2007

Empirically, women’s labour supply elasticity is higher than men’s so basic principles of optimal taxation suggest that women’s income tax rates should be lower. Moreover, equal treatment in some areas (taxation) for those who are not treated equally in many other areas is hardly fair.


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