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A Note on Automatic Stabilizers in Austria: Evidence from ITABENA

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  • Helmut Hofer
  • Tibor Hanappi

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    (Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS) / Department of Economics & Finance)

  • Sandra Müllbacher

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    (Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS) / Department of Economics & Finance)

Abstract

In the Great Recession market income of the households in Austria has been reduced and unemployment increased. In this paper we examine the impact of automatic stabilizers on cushioning such income losses. We use ITABENA, an Austrian tax-benefit model, to analyze how shocks on market income and employment are mitigated by taxes and transfers. In the case of a proportional income shock 46 percent of the shock will be absorbed by automatic stabilizers in Austria. For the unemployment shocks automatic stabilizers absorb 68 percent. Automatic stabilizers increase the redistributive effects of the Austrian tax benefit system. We find that recent changes in the income tax code have almost no impact on the size of automatic stabilizers in Austria.

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Paper provided by The Austrian Center for Labor Economics and the Analysis of the Welfare State, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria in its series NRN working papers with number 2012-03.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Handle: RePEc:jku:nrnwps:2012_03

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Keywords: automatic stabilization; microsimulation; tax reforms;

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  1. Bruno Rossmann & Christa Schlager, 2012. "Budgetpolitik in Österreich vor und nach der Finanz- und Wirtschaftskrise," Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft - WuG, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik, vol. 38(2), pages 248-272.

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