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The Distributional Superiority of Tax Credits

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  • Sophia Delipalla


  • Harry Papapanagos


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    This paper examines the distributional performance of social security provisions in the form of allowances, income related deductions and tax credits. Our analysis reveals that provisions in the form of tax credits is more progressive and redistributive relative to allowances and income related deductions. We demonstrate the distributional superiority of tax credits in the Greek tax and social security system where the replacement of all allowances and income related deductions with tax credits, in a revenue neutral manner, results in a considerable increase in the progressivity and redistribution of the tax system.

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    Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 9608.

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    Date of creation: Mar 1996
    Publication status: Forthcoming in Contributions to Economic Theory, 2000, ed R Blundell, North-Holland
    Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:9608
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