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Fiscal Incidence, Fiscal Mobility and the Poor: a New Approach

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  • Nora Lustig

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    (Tulane University)

  • Sean Higgins

    (Tulane University)

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Taxes and transfers can have significant impacts on poverty and inequality. All standard measures are by definition anonymous in the sense that we do not know the identity of winners and losers. That a given combination of taxes and transfers makes some of the poor poorer, however, may be important information to incorporate into a fiscal incidence analysis. The directional mobility literature provides a useful framework to identify which individuals are adversely/favorably impacted by a particular policy. This paper introduces a “fiscal mobility matrix” to identify winners and losers. We show that taxes and transfers can lower inequality and poverty (including the severity of poverty) but still make a subgroup of the poor worse off. We use Brazilian data to illustrate how indirect taxes make around 11 percent of the non-poor poor, 15 percent of the moderate poor extremely poor, and 4 percent of the extremely poor “ultra-poor” despite any cash transfers they receive, even when standard poverty and inequality indicators decline and overall taxes are progressive.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 265.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2012-265

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Keywords: fiscal incidence; taxes and transfers; inequality; poverty; redistribution; mobility.;

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  1. Nora Lustig & Carola Pessino & George Gray Molina & Wilson Jimenez & Veronica Paz & Ernesto Yanez & Claudiney Pereira & Sean Higgins & John Scott & Miguel Jaramillo, 2011. "Fiscal Policy and Income Redistribution in Latin America: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom," Working Papers 1124, Tulane University, Department of Economics.
  2. Lopez-Calva, Luis F. & Ortiz-Juarez, Eduardo, 2011. "A vulnerability approach to the definition of the middle class," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5902, The World Bank.
  3. François Bourguignon, 2011. "Status Quo In The Welfare Analysis Of Tax Reforms," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 57(4), pages 603-621, December.
  4. François Bourguignon, 2011. "Non-anonymous growth incidence curves, income mobility and social welfare dominance," Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 605-627, December.
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  1. Fiscal Incidence, Fiscal Mobility and the Poor: A New Approach
    by Maximo Rossi in Wikiprogress América Latina on 2012-05-29 12:12:00
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  1. Richard M. Bird & Eric M. Zolt, 2013. "Taxation and Inequality in the Americas: Changing the Fiscal Contract?," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1315, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.

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