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Effects of Adjusting Distribution Tables for Family Size


  • Cronin, Julie-Anne
  • DeFilippes, Portia
  • Lin, Emily Y.


This paper examines how adjusting for family size in distributional analysis affects the distribution of tax burdens. We find that average tax rates for low-income families fall and average tax rates for some high-income families rise when the measured ability to pay is adjusted for family size, and that there is less variation in average rates for middle-income families. We also find that the family size adjustment affects the distribution of certain tax expenditures. In a separate analysis, we measure the equivalence scale for families of four relative to single taxpayers implied by the individual tax code.

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  • Cronin, Julie-Anne & DeFilippes, Portia & Lin, Emily Y., 2012. "Effects of Adjusting Distribution Tables for Family Size," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association, vol. 65(4), pages 739-758, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:65:y:2012:i:4:p:739-58

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    1. Dr Justin van de Ven, 2004. "Estimating Equivalence Scales for Tax and Benefits Systems," National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) Discussion Papers 229, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
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    1. Julie-Anne Cronin & Don Fullerton & Steven Sexton, 2017. "Vertical and Horizontal Redistributions from a Carbon Tax and Rebate," CESifo Working Paper Series 6373, CESifo Group Munich.

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