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Redistribution, work incentives and thirty years of UK tax and benefit reform

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  • Stuart Adam

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • James Browne

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

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Governments wishing to reduce inequality by redistributing money from the rich to the poor face the dilemma that in doing so (by increasing tax rates and means-tested benefits, for example) they reduce the incentive for individuals to increase their incomes. Policy-makers have tried to balance these objectives in different ways and, partly as a result of this, the tax and benefit system today is very different from the one that existed thirty years ago. In this paper we look at how the tax and benefit system redistributed income and affected incentives to work in 2009-10, and at the effect of tax and benefit reforms between 1978-79 and 2009-10 on the level of inequality and work incentives.

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Paper provided by Institute for Fiscal Studies in its series IFS Working Papers with number W10/24.

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Handle: RePEc:ifs:ifsewp:10/24

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Keywords: tax; benefits; work incentives;

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  1. Tom Clark & Andrew Leicester, 2004. "Inequality and two decades of British tax and benefit reform," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 25(2), pages 129-158, June.
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