On Inter- and Intra-Individual Redistribution of the Welfare State
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.
Volume (Year): 86 (2005)
Issue (Month): s1 ()
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