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A Differential Redistributive Analysis of Bilinear Dual-Income-Tax Reforms

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  • Samuel Calonge
  • Oriol Tejada

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We analyze differential redistributive effects of bilinear tax reforms that are applied to dual income taxes or, more generally, to two different one-dimensional taxes. To do so we analyze the one-dimensional income tax case, and then we introduce a partial order, based on the Lorenz dominance criterion, which induces a lattice structure within the set of bilinear tax reforms whenever certain conditions on the tax reform policies and the dual income distribution hold. We illustrate this result empirically in the case of the Spanish dual personal income tax. We also analyze voting preferences and revenue elasticities, and we discuss the robustness of our theoretical predictions when some assumptions of the model are weakened.

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  • Samuel Calonge & Oriol Tejada, 2011. "A Differential Redistributive Analysis of Bilinear Dual-Income-Tax Reforms," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 67(3), pages 193-224, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(201109)67:3_193:adraob_2.0.tx_2-c
    DOI: 10.1628/001522108X600560
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    1. Arnaldur Kristjánsson & Peter Lambert, 2015. "Structural progression measures for dual income tax systems," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 13(1), pages 1-15, March.

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    Keywords

    dual taxes; bilinear tax reforms; Lorenz domination; lattice;

    JEL classification:

    • E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy

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