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Nehmt von den Reichen? Die Vermögensteuer zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit


  • Arentz Oliver


  • Roth Steffen J.

    () (Institut für Wirtschaftspolitik an der Universität zu Köln, Pohligstraße 1, 50969 Köln)


The reintroduction of a wealth tax in Germany would not contribute to more fairness in terms of the ability to pay principle. On the contrary: Since wealth in form of human capital is not taxed, a wealth tax would lead to a massive unequal treatment of people with the same ability to pay. The expected shift of the tax burden would hit low-income households in particular. Economic performance would decrease and the labour market would be negatively affected. Overall, the wealth tax cannot deliver what its promoters in the political arena promise.

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  • Arentz Oliver & Roth Steffen J., 2013. "Nehmt von den Reichen? Die Vermögensteuer zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit," Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik, De Gruyter, vol. 62(2), pages 180-193, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:lus:zwipol:v:62:y:2013:i:2:p:180-193

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