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On the equivalence between progressive taxation and inequality reduction

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  • Biung-Ghi Ju

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    (Department of Economics, Korea University)

  • Juan D. Moreno-Ternero

    (Universidad de Malaga and CORE, Universite catholique de Louvain)

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We establish the precise connections between progressive taxation and inequality reduction, in a setting where the level of tax revenue to be raised is exogenously fixed and tax schemes are balanced. We show that, in contrast with the traditional literature on taxation, the equivalence between inequality reduction and the combination of progressivity and income order preservation does not always hold in this setting. However, we show that, among rules satisfying consistency and, either revenue continuity, or revenue monotonicity, the equivalence remains intact.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Korea University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 0718.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:iek:wpaper:0718

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Keywords: progressivity; inequality reduction; income order preservation; consistency; taxation;

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  1. BOSMANS, Kristof & SCHOKKAERT, Erik, . "Equality preference in the claims problem: a questionnaire study of cuts in earnings and pensions," CORE Discussion Papers RP -2166, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  2. JU, Biung-Ghi & MORENO-TERNERO, Juan D., . "Progressive and merging-proof taxation," CORE Discussion Papers RP -2280, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  3. Carmen Herrero & Juan D. Moreno-Ternero & Giovanni Ponti, 2009. "On the Adjudication of Conflicting Claims: An Experimental Study," Working Papers 09.10, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics.
  4. Kasajima, Yoichi & Velez, Rodrigo A., 2010. "Non-proportional inequality preservation in gains and losses," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(6), pages 1079-1092, November.
  5. Yoichi Kasajima & Rodrigo Velez, 2011. "Reflecting inequality of claims in gains and losses," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 46(2), pages 283-295, February.
  6. JU, Biung-Ghi & MORENO-TERNERO, Juan D., 2006. "Progressivity, inequality reduction and merging-proofness in taxation," CORE Discussion Papers 2006075, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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