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Fiscal Policies and Poverty Incidence: The Case of Thailand

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  • Peter Warr

    (Australian National University)

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The evidence presented in this paper suggests that moderate, once-only pro-poor fiscal reallocations may have significant effects on both poverty incidence and inequality. The paper simulates the effects of hypothetical reallocations of the total tax burden away from taxes falling heavily on the poor (indirect taxes in general) and towards those falling predominantly on the rich (direct taxes, especially the personal income tax). It performs a similar exercise for hypothetical reallocations of expenditures and for changes in the overall size of taxes and expenditures, deriving the effects that these reallocations have on both poverty incidence (headcount measure) and inequality (Gini coefficient). Copyright 2003 East Asian Economic Association..

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  • Peter Warr, 2003. "Fiscal Policies and Poverty Incidence: The Case of Thailand," Asian Economic Journal, East Asian Economic Association, vol. 17(1), pages 27-44, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:asiaec:v:17:y:2003:i:1:p:27-44
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    Cited by:

    1. Raghbendra Jha & T. Palanivel, 2007. "Resource Augmentation for Meeting the Millennium Development Goals in the Asia Pacific Region," ASARC Working Papers 2007-02, The Australian National University, Australia South Asia Research Centre.
    2. Sandhya Garg, 2015. "Spatial convergence in public expenditure across Indian states: Implication of federal transfers," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2015-028, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
    3. César Octavio Vargas-Téllez, 2009. "Tax–Benefit Incidence. The Mexican experience during the last twenty years," Working Papers 144, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.

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