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The Inconsistency Between Measurement and Policy Instruments in Family Income Taxation

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  • Peter J. Lambert
  • Shlomo Yitzhaki

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There is an inconsistency between the way income tax progressivity is measured and the policy instruments typically used by the income tax authorities. This inconsistency leads to violation of Feldstein´s principle of horizontal equity and causes unintentional reranking among families of different sizes. Implications are considered. In particular, we provide a methodology for measuring the magnitude of the unintentional reranking in terms of forgone redistribution, and apply it to Israeli data.

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  • Peter J. Lambert & Shlomo Yitzhaki, 2013. "The Inconsistency Between Measurement and Policy Instruments in Family Income Taxation," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 69(3), pages 241-255, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(201309)69:3_241:tibmap_2.0.tx_2-c
    DOI: 10.1628/001522108X671119
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    Keywords

    income tax; horizontal equity; allowance; exemption; child benefit;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty

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