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Fiscall Adjustments and Income Inequality:A First Assessment

Using a statistical approach to identify fiscal adjustments, we find that fiscal consolidation appears to shorten the income gap. Fiscal austerity plans that succeed in bringing public debt to a sustainable path seem to be more likely to reduce inequality. Expansionary fiscal adjustments are particularly important to promote changes in the income distribution.

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Paper provided by NIPE - Universidade do Minho in its series NIPE Working Papers with number 19/2012.

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