The Redistributive Effect and Progressivity of Taxes Revisited: An International Comparison across the European Union - 10.1628/001522114X684529 - Mohr Siebeck
Economics

Gerlinde Verbist, Francesco Figari

The Redistributive Effect and Progressivity of Taxes Revisited: An International Comparison across the European Union

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Volume 70 () / Issue 3, pp. 405-429 (25)

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Over the last few years concern for income inequality in Europe has increased remarkably. In this context, taxation is an important redistributive instrument, and we investigate the redistributive role of direct taxes. We focus on the EU-15 countries and the evolution over the period 1998–2008, using EUROMOD, the EU-wide tax-benefit model. The research aim of this paper is twofold. First, we investigate empirically whether there is a link between pre-tax income inequality and redistribution through taxes. Second, we test whether there is a relationship between progressivity and average tax level, the two building stones of the redistributive effect of taxes.
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Gerlinde Verbist No current data available.

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