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A Dynamic Model of Redistribution, Inheritance, and Inequality

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  • James B. Davies
  • Peter J. Kuhn

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Comparing steady states of an overlapping-generations economy, Gary S. Becker and Nigel Tomes (1979) and James B. Davies (1986) have noted that redistributive taxation can be disequalizing. This paper solves for the full transition path of inequality after a redistributive tax increase. The authors find, in contrast to the steady-state results, that redistribution "works' in the first generation under quite general conditions, even when fully anticipated by all previous generations. Further, inequality is likely to fall for several generations before approaching its new steady-state level from below.

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  • James B. Davies & Peter J. Kuhn, 1991. "A Dynamic Model of Redistribution, Inheritance, and Inequality," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 24(2), pages 324-344, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:24:y:1991:i:2:p:324-44
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    1. Johann K. Brunner & Susanne Pech, 2008. "Optimum taxation of inheritances," Economics working papers 2008-06, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
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    5. Wan, Jing & Zhu, Shenghao, 2012. "Intergenerational links, taxation, and wealth distribution," MPRA Paper 39511, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    7. Brunner Johann K., 2014. "Die Erbschaftsteuer – Bestandteil eines optimalen Steuersystems?," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, De Gruyter, vol. 15(3), pages 199-218, October.
    8. Grüner, Hans Peter, 1994. "Redistributive policy, inequality and growth," Discussion Papers, Series II 240, University of Konstanz, Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 178 "Internationalization of the Economy".
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    10. Audi, Marc & Ali, Amjad, 2016. "Socio-Economic Status and Life Expectancy in Lebanon: An Empirical Analysis," MPRA Paper 72900, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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