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The Welfare State in Spain: An Impact Assessment


  • Gonzalo Gomez Bengoechea

    (Comillas, ICADE Univestity)


We use the methodology developed by Lustig (2016) to analyze fiscal incidence in Spain in the year 2016. Data from the Survey on Life Conditions (ECV) is used to assess the effects of government taxation and public spending on income distribution, inequality and poverty. Our results show that Spain’s redistribution system is more efficient in reducing inequality than the most of the other countries analyzed under this methodological approach. When compared with OECD countries, inequality is higher and redistribution lower, according to the available metrics.

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  • Gonzalo Gomez Bengoechea, 2020. "The Welfare State in Spain: An Impact Assessment," Commitment to Equity (CEQ) Working Paper Series 95, Tulane University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:tul:ceqwps:95

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    1. Nga Thi Viet Nguyen & Ivica Rubil, 2021. "Fiscal Policies, Inequality, and Poverty in Croatia," Working Papers 2104, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb.

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    Fiscal Incidence; Inequality; Poverty; Taxes; Social Spending; Regions; Spain;
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    JEL classification:

    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty

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