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Progressive Taxation and Wage Setting: Some Evidence for Denmark

  • Lockwood, Ben
  • Slok, Torsten
  • Tranaes, Torben

The proposition that a progressive tax system contributes to wage moderation is studied using Danish earnings data disaggregated by occupation, gender and earnings level. Our main conclusions are that income-tax progression affects wage setting, but whether it moderates or exaggerates wage pressure is income dependent. An increase in progressivity reduces the pre-tax earnings of middle-income workers (manual male workers and moderate income earners among both male and female non-manual workers). The reverse is found for high-income earners (non-manual male workers), in that an increase in progressivity tends to raise pre-tax earnings. Finally, there is no significant effect of tax progressivity on the wages of low-income earners. Copyright 2000 by The editors of the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

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Volume (Year): 102 (2000)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 707-23

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