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On Inter- and Intra-Individual Redistribution of the Welfare State

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The redistributive effect of the welfare state is traditionally measured by comparing the gross and net distribution of annual income among adults. This standard approach does not account for the fact that a large share of the taxes paid by adults are paid back to the very same individuals later in life. The objective of this article is to examine the factors that determine the difference between redistribution according to the standard approach and redistribution of lifetime incomes. I also discuss under what circumstances intra-individual redistribution is beneficial for low-income earners. Copyright (c) 2005 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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  • Andreas Bergh, 2005. "On Inter- and Intra-Individual Redistribution of the Welfare State," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 86(s1), pages 984-995.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:86:y:2005:i:s1:p:984-995
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    1. Timothy Smeeding, 1997. "American Income Inequality in a Cross-National Perspective: Why Are We So Different?," LIS Working papers 157, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.
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    1. Durevall, Dick & Henrekson, Magnus, 2011. "The futile quest for a grand explanation of long-run government expenditure," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(7), pages 708-722.
    2. Magnus Henrekson, 2006. "Entrepreneurship and the welfare state: a reply," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 15(3), pages 579-593, June.
    3. Eich, Frank, 2010. "Who will pay? Inter-generational transfers and public sector pensions," EconStor Preprints 54558, ZBW - German National Library of Economics.

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