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Earnings and wealth inequality and income taxation: quantifying the tradeoffs of switching to a proportional income tax in the U.S

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  • Brent W. Ambrose
  • Costas Azariadis
  • Ana Castaneda

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This paper quantifies the steady-state aggregate, distributional, and mobility effects of switching the U.S. to a proportional income tax system.

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  • Brent W. Ambrose & Costas Azariadis & Ana Castaneda, 1998. "Earnings and wealth inequality and income taxation: quantifying the tradeoffs of switching to a proportional income tax in the U.S," Working Papers (Old Series) 9814, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
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