The Italian theories of progressive taxation
The present paper examines the theories of progressive taxation debated in the Italian public finance literature between the end of the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century. The survey presents only the main arguments, stressing their connection with the international literature. Among the Italian economists, apart from a few opponents, the idea of progressive taxation is agreed upon, even though it is not well founded from a theoretical viewpoint. The main result of the paper is that the main case for progressive taxation is to be found in political and social reasons.
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Volume (Year): 15 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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