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An analysis of the impact of tax and welfare reform measures on effective marginal tax rates in Australia 1982-2002

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  • Alfred Michael Dockery

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    (Curtin University)

  • Paul Flatau

    (Murdoch University)

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This paper uses a microsimulation model that permits interactions between taxes,government benefits and housing assistance parameters and data from various releases of the Survey of Income and Housing Costs to illustrate how the distribution of effective marginal tax rates has varied between the years of 1982, 1996, 2000 and 2002. The policy impact of changes in the tax-benefit system on effective marginal tax rates is then assessed by applying the real tax-benefit parameters from 1982, 1996 and 2002 to the household composition and income data from a base year (2000). The findings indicate that effective marginal tax rates have increased over the long-term. Even when the impacts of tax-benefit changes are isolated from changes in the composition of the population, policy changes have been insufficient to counteract increases in effective marginal tax rates that have been caused by compositional changes.

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Article provided by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School in its journal Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE).

Volume (Year): 11 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 203-226

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Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:11:y:2008:i:3:p:203-226

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Keywords: Welfare and Poverty: Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs Labor and Demographic Economics: General Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies; includes inheritance and gift taxes;

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Cited by:
  1. Rachel Ong & Gavin Wood & Melek Cigdem, 2013. "Work incentives and decisions to remain in paid work in Australia," Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Working Paper series WP1312, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School.
  2. Nicolas Herault & Francisco Azpitarte, 2014. "Recent Trends in Income Redistribution in Australia: Can Changes in the Tax-Transfer System Account for the Decline in Redistribution?," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2014n02, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.

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