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Household Incomes and Redistribution in the European Union: Quantifying the Equalizing Properties of Taxes and Benefits

In: The Distributional Effects of Government Spending and Taxation

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  • Herwig Immervoll
  • Horacio Levy
  • Christine Lietz
  • Daniela Mantovani
  • Cathal O’Donoghue
  • Holly Sutherland
  • Gerlinde Verbist

Abstract

Taxes and social benefits affect household income through several different channels and these effects can be assessed in a number of ways. This chapter focuses on the influence of social and fiscal policies on income inequality. In particular, we analyze how tax and benefit payments alter the distribution of household incomes in the European Union (EU). Our aim is to provide evidence on the effectiveness of a wide range of different policy configurations at reducing disparities of household resources.

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  • Herwig Immervoll & Horacio Levy & Christine Lietz & Daniela Mantovani & Cathal O’Donoghue & Holly Sutherland & Gerlinde Verbist, 2006. "Household Incomes and Redistribution in the European Union: Quantifying the Equalizing Properties of Taxes and Benefits," Palgrave Macmillan Books, in: Dimitri B. Papadimitriou (ed.), The Distributional Effects of Government Spending and Taxation, chapter 5, pages 135-165, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:palchp:978-0-230-37860-5_5
    DOI: 10.1057/9780230378605_5
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    Keywords

    European Union; Income Inequality; Disposable Income; Public Pension; Social Contribution;
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    JEL classification:

    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions

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