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The Distributional Impact of Fiscal Policy in Honduras

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  • David Locke Newhouse
  • Irene Yackovlev
  • Robert Gillingham

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This paper uses household survey data to estimate the incidence of tax and spending programs in Honduras. Any such exercise is fraught with difficulty, so our simplifying assumptions are carefully explained. Rather than look at tax and spending completely independently, we evaluate net incidence of major programs-such as health care and pensions-to get a more holistic evaluation of redistribution. Our results show that fiscal policy is, on balance, progressive, but that there is room for significant improvement. In particular, energy subsidies, university education and public pension programs provide disproportionate benefits to higher-income households.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 08/168.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2008
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:08/168

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Keywords: Subsidies; Health care; fiscal policy; distribution of income; direct taxes; distributional effects; expenditure; distribution of subsidies; input-output; expenditures; household survey data; distributional impact; household survey; expenditure policy; data sources; consumption of households; social insurance; behavioral responses; household members; government expenditure; public expenditure review; cash transfers; household welfare; household size; direct social assistance; income data; incidence of tax; education expenditures; international food policy research institute; income levels; general equilibrium model; public expenditure; distributional analysis; household surveys; consumption patterns; distributional consequences; household income; social accounting matrix;

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  1. Alan J. Auerbach, 2006. "Who Bears the Corporate Tax? A Review of What We Know," NBER Chapters, in: Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 20, pages 1-40 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Rodrigo Cubero & Ivanna Vladkova Hollar, 2010. "Equity and Fiscal Policy," IMF Working Papers 10/112, International Monetary Fund.

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