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Taxes, Income and Economic Mobility in Ireland: New Evidence from Tax Records Data

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  • Seán Kennedy

    (Revenue Commissioners, Dublin, Ireland)

  • Yosuke Jin

    (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France)

  • David Haugh

    (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France)

  • Patrick Lenain

    (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France)

Abstract

This paper analyses income inequality in Ireland using a new panel dataset based on the administrative tax records of the Revenue Commissioners for Ireland. High inequality of market incomes in Ireland by international standards appears to be driven by both ends of the income distribution. An analysis of income mobility over time shows it has been low at both ends of the income distribution, although it increased at the low end once the crisis began, reflecting the sharp deterioration of the labour market. The data confirms that the income tax system is highly progressive at the high end of income distribution and the welfare system provides the most significant support to lower income deciles in Ireland. The redistributive function in the tax and benefit system was enhanced during the last decade, not only because more income support was necessitated with the crisis, but also due to reforms which made the statutory tax rate more progressive.

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  • Seán Kennedy & Yosuke Jin & David Haugh & Patrick Lenain, 2016. "Taxes, Income and Economic Mobility in Ireland: New Evidence from Tax Records Data," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 47(1), pages 109-153.
  • Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:47:y:2016:i:1:p:109-153
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