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On the equivalence between progressive taxation and inequality reduction

  • Biung-Ghi Ju

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    (Department of Economics, Korea University)

  • Juan D. Moreno-Ternero

    (Universidad de Malaga and CORE, Universite catholique de Louvain)

We establish the precise connections between progressive taxation and inequality reduction, in a setting where the level of tax revenue to be raised is exogenously fixed and tax schemes are balanced. We show that, in contrast with the traditional literature on taxation, the equivalence between inequality reduction and the combination of progressivity and income order preservation does not always hold in this setting. However, we show that, among rules satisfying consistency and, either revenue continuity, or revenue monotonicity, the equivalence remains intact.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Korea University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 0718.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:iek:wpaper:0718
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