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Un análisis comparativo del impacto distributivo del impuesto inflacionario y de un impuesto sobre el consumo


  • Hildegart Ahumada

    (Instituto Torcuato Di Tella - Universidad Torcuato Di Tella)

  • Alfredo Canavese

    (Instituto Torcuato Di Tella - Universidad Torcuato Di Tella - CONICET)

  • Facundo Gonzalez Alvaredo

    (Instituto Torcuato Di Tella - Universidad Torcuato Di Tella - CONICET)


This paper compares the impact of the inflation tax paid by each “quintil” on income distribution for Argentina between 1985 and 1990 with the impact that a tax on consumption with an uniform rate would have had on the same distribution and in the same period. Results required econometric estimates of money demand and consumption functions. The comparisons were made using Gini’s coefficients, Kakwani’s indexes and Lorenz’s curves; and they show that both taxes are regressive. Nevertheless, none of them changes significantly the value of the Gini coefficient for the income distribution before taxes except for the inflation tax in high inflation rates periods.

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  • Hildegart Ahumada & Alfredo Canavese & Facundo Gonzalez Alvaredo, 2000. "Un análisis comparativo del impacto distributivo del impuesto inflacionario y de un impuesto sobre el consumo," Económica, Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, vol. 0(2), pages 3-35, July-Dece.
  • Handle: RePEc:lap:journl:512

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    Cited by:

    1. Thomas Sargent & Noah Williams & Tao Zha, 2009. "The Conquest of South American Inflation," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 117(2), pages 211-256, April.
    2. Mariano Tommasi & Silvana Tenreyro, 2001. "Comments on Dani Rodrik's "Why Is There So Much Economic Insecurity in Latin America?"," Working Papers 28, Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia, revised Mar 2001.
    3. Facundo Alvaredo, 2007. "The Rich in Argentina over the twentieth century: From the Conservative Republic to the Peronist experience and beyond 1932-2004," Working Papers halshs-00588318, HAL.
    4. repec:spr:laecrv:v:27:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1007_s40503-017-0048-3 is not listed on IDEAS

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    JEL classification:

    • H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents
    • C4 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics
    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit


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