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Tax Reforms and Equity in Latin America: A review of the 1980s and proposals for the 1990s

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  • Oscar Cetrángolo
  • Ricardo Carciofi

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This paper focuses on the equity aspects of tax systems in Latin America. Aftrer reviewing quantative characteristics regarding the level and composition of tax structures, the paper analyses recent country experiences of tax reforms and attempts to show how the design of instruments has coped with distributional issues in taxation. Policy proposals to promote a more progressive distribution of the tax burden are presented, paying due notice to institutional and administrative constraints that characterise the region's tax systems and avoiding conflicts with other functions of the tax systems - revenue generation and economic efficiency.

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  • Oscar Cetrángolo & Ricardo Carciofi, 1994. "Tax Reforms and Equity in Latin America: A review of the 1980s and proposals for the 1990s," Papers iopeps94/53, Innocenti Occasional Papers, Economic Policy Series.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:iopeps:iopeps94/53
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    Keywords

    economic aid; economic reform; tax reforms;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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