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The Distributional Consequences Of Government Spending And Taxation In The U.S., 1989 And 2000

  • Edward N. Wolff
  • Ajit Zacharias

We assess the effects of government expenditures and taxation on household economic well-being in the United States in 1989 and 2000. Net government expenditure is estimated as the difference between government expenditures incurred on behalf of the household sector-transfers and public consumption-and the taxes paid by that sector. We incorporate the estimates of net government expenditures into a wealth-adjusted measure of income. We find that overall inequality in our income measure is considerably reduced by net government expenditures. Results from decomposition analysis show that the inequality-reducing effect of net government expenditures owed more to expenditures than to taxes. Copyright � 2007 The Authors; Journal compilation � International Association for Research in Income and Wealth 2007.

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Article provided by International Association for Research in Income and Wealth in its journal Review of Income and Wealth.

Volume (Year): 53 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 692-715

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