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Unequal Societies

  • Benabou, R.

This paper aims to explain the significant variations in the social contracts which can be observed across nations. It shows in particular how countries with similar technologies and preferences, as well as equally democratic political systems, can sustain very different avrage and marginal tax rates.

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Paper provided by C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University in its series Working Papers with number 96-17.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:cvs:starer:96-17
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