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Tax Reform and Progressivity

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  • Keen, Michael
  • Papapanagos, Harry
  • Shorrocks, Anthony

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The established theory of tax progressivity cannot handle basic tax reform questions, such as whether an increase in personal allowances makes the tax system more progressive, because the core results assume that tax liability is never zero. This paper generalises the core theory to allow for zero tax payments, and applies the new framework to the analysis of allowances, income-related deductions and tax credits. Log concavity of the tax schedule--a property quite distinct from any existing notion of progressivity--emerges as the critical determinant of whether the distribution of the tax burden becomes more progressive as allowances are increased.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 110 (2000)
Issue (Month): 460 (January)
Pages: 50-68

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:110:y:2000:i:460:p:50-68

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  1. Tatiana Damjanovic & David Ulph, 2007. "Tax Progressivity, Income Distribution and Tax Non-Compliance," Discussion Paper Series, Department of Economics 200712, Department of Economics, University of St. Andrews.
  2. Dardanoni, Valentino & Lambert, Peter J., 2002. "Progressivity comparisons," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 86(1), pages 99-122, October.
  3. Herwig Immervoll & David Barber, 2005. "Can Parents Afford to Work?: Childcare Costs, Tax-Benefit Policies and Work Incentives," OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers 31, OECD Publishing.
  4. Santiago Díaz de Sarralde Míguez & Jesús Ruiz-Huerta Carbonell, . "Assessing Tax Reforms. Critical Comments And A Proposal: The Level And Distance Effects (*)," Working Papers 3-06 Classification-JEL :, Instituto de Estudios Fiscales.
  5. Tatiana Damjanovic, 2005. "A Simple Proof of Lorenz Dominance Criterion," CRIEFF Discussion Papers 0505, Centre for Research into Industry, Enterprise, Finance and the Firm.
  6. André Decoster & Isabelle Standaert & Christian Valenduc & Guy Van Camp, 2000. "What makes Personal Income Taxes progressive? The case of Belgium," Public Economics Working Paper Series ces0008, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën, Working Group Public Economics.
  7. Faíña, Andres / A. & Lopez-Rodriguez, Jesus / J. & Varela, Laura / L., 2011. "Nontaxable income and necessary consumption: the Rousseau’s paradox of fiscal egalitarianism," MPRA Paper 32900, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Immervoll, Herwig, 2004. "Falling up the stairs: an exploration of the effects of 'bracket creep' on household incomes," EUROMOD Working Papers EM3/04, EUROMOD at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  9. Damjanovic, Tatiana, 2005. "Lorenz dominance for transformed income distributions: A simple proof," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 50(2), pages 234-237, September.
  10. Estrada, Fernando, 2010. "Política tributaria y economía fiscal La posición Hayek (1959, 1979) con comentarios de Brenann/Buchanan (1980)
    [Fiscal tax policy and economy]
    ," MPRA Paper 20094, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  11. Fernando, Estrada, 2010. "A reading Hayek on power to tax," MPRA Paper 21526, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  12. Tatiana Damjanovic, 2005. "Does More Progressive Tax Make Tax Discipline Weaker?," CRIEFF Discussion Papers 0506, Centre for Research into Industry, Enterprise, Finance and the Firm.

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