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Income Redisitribution and Income Stabilization through Fiscal Policy


  • Javier Capó Parrilla

    () (Universitat de les Illes Balears)


The aim of the paper is to evaluate the redistributive and stabilizing functions of the Spanish budget through the automatic stabilizers, applying methodologies developed by the literature about the economic effects of the fiscal federations. An analysis at an autonomous region level for the period 1995-2002 has been carried out using panel data. The obtained results show the entity of the redistributive effect and the scarce economic relevance of the stabilizing function of the direct taxes, the social benefits and contributions and, in this way, they confirm the estimations obtained by preceding studies for previous periods. The incorporation of the in kind transferences reveals that these ones exert a considerable redistributive and stabilizing effect.

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  • Javier Capó Parrilla, 2008. "Income Redisitribution and Income Stabilization through Fiscal Policy," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 184(1), pages 9-34, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:hpe:journl:y:2008:v:184:i:1:p:9-34

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    fiscal policy; redistribution and stabilization;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • Y - Miscellaneous Categories
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies


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