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Changing Ranks and the Inequality Impacts of Taxes and Transfers

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  • Lerman, Robert I.
  • Yitzhaki, Shlomo

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Analyzes the extent to which U.S. tax policies reduce the income gap between richer and poorer individuals and contrasts the extent to which these policies alter rankings of individuals in overall income distribution.

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  • Lerman, Robert I. & Yitzhaki, Shlomo, 1995. "Changing Ranks and the Inequality Impacts of Taxes and Transfers," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association;National Tax Journal, vol. 48(1), pages 45-59, March.
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