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Reducing The Tax Wedge On Labour Income By Reforming Housing Taxation: Can This Reform Achieve A Political Majority?

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  • Simone Pellegrino
  • Gilberto Turati

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    (Department of Economics and Public Finance "G. Prato" School of Economics, University of Turin
    Department of Economics and Public Finance "G. Prato" School of Economics, University of Turin)

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In this paper we study whether an IRPEF reform aimed at reducing the tax burden on labour income - via the enlargement of the tax base due to the inclusion of imputed rent for owner-occupied dwellings - can achieve a political majority. We use a micro-simulation model designed precisely to examine housing taxation in Italy, and compare the tax burden before and after the reform under three alternative scenarios, all designed in order to keep current revenues at a constant level. Our main result is that, in terms of all three scenarios, the share of the winners is consistent - between 46 and 48 percent - while the share of the losers is around one third of all taxpayers. The percentage of winners is further increased when considering households instead of individual taxpayers, at about 50 percent; however, the share of losers is also substantial - in this case about 40 percent. Overall, then, a political majority supporting the change is presumably obtainable. Finally, it can be seen that reducing the tax wedge on labour income while contemporaneously taxing more housing, would generate a redistribution towards younger generations.

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Article provided by GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University in its journal Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia.

Volume (Year): 70 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 123-154

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Handle: RePEc:gde:journl:gde_v70_n1_p123-154

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Keywords: Personal Income Tax; Labour Income Taxation; Housing Taxation; Imputed Rent; Microsimulation Model;

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