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Global Reform Of Personal Income Taxation, 1981–2005: Evidence From 189 Countries

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  • Peter, Klara Sabirianova
  • Buttrick, Steve
  • Duncan, Denvil
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    We use a panel of 189 countries to describe trends in national personal income tax systems between the years 1981 and 2005. Using complete national income tax schedules, we show that tax rates at higher income levels, structural progressivity and the complexity of national tax systems have declined significantly; however, the degree of these changes varies considerably across countries. We also find that the relationship between tax rates and revenue is positive for high income countries but declines with weaker institutions and lower levels of economic development.

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    Article provided by National Tax Association in its journal National Tax Journal.

    Volume (Year): 63 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 447-78

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    Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:63:y:2010:i:3:p:447-78

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    Cited by:
    1. Peter Egger & Doina Maria Radulescu & Nora Strecker, 2012. "Effective Labor Taxation and the International Location of Headquarters," CESifo Working Paper Series 3822, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Doerrenberg, Philipp & Peichl, Andreas, 2012. "The Impact of Redistributive Policies on Inequality in OECD Countries," IZA Discussion Papers 6505, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Doerrenberg, Philipp & Peichl, Andreas, 2010. "Progressive Taxation and Tax Morale," IZA Discussion Papers 5378, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    4. Denvil Duncan & Ed Gerrish, 2014. "Personal income tax mimicry: evidence from international panel data," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 21(1), pages 119-152, February.
    5. Joan Esteban & Laura Mayoral, 2013. "A Politico-Economic Model of Public Expenditure and Income Taxation," Working Papers 743, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
    6. Philipp Doerrenberg & Denvil Duncan & Clemens Fuest & Andreas Peichl, 2012. "Nice Guys Finish Last: Are People with Higher Tax Morale Taxed more Heavily?," CESifo Working Paper Series 3858, CESifo Group Munich.
    7. Jorge Martinez-Vazquez & Blanca Moreno-Dodson & VIoleta Vulovic, 2012. "The Impact of Tax and Expenditure Policies on Income Distribution: Evidence from a Large Panel of Countries," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1225, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
    8. Yuri Andrienko & Patricia Apps & Ray Rees, 2014. "Optimal Taxation, Inequality and Top Incomes," CEPR Discussion Papers 690, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
    9. Christian Bjørnskov & Gert Svendsen, 2013. "Does social trust determine the size of the welfare state? Evidence using historical identification," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 157(1), pages 269-286, October.
    10. Yongzheng Liu & Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, 2010. "The Growth-Inequality Tradeo in the Design of Tax Structure: Evidence from a Large Panel of Countries," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1320, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
    11. Bird, Richard M. & Zolt, Eric M., 2011. "Dual Income Taxation: A Promising Path to Tax Reform for Developing Countries," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(10), pages 1691-1703.

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