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Was hätte man sonst machen können? Alternativszenarien zur rot-grünen Einkommensteuerreform

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  • Bönke, Timm
  • de Haan, Jakob

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We employ a rich sample of individual tax returns data to simulate alternatives to the income tax reform introduced in Germany by the governmental coalition of Social Democrats and Greens in 1998. We characterize three reforms that would have been fiscally equivalent to the actual one: a distributionally neutral tax reform, one with a maximal basic allowance, and a flat tax. By comparing the individual tax burdens under each alternative, we simulate majority voting on the tax reform. The actual reform loses against both the distributionally neutral reform and the one with maximal basic allowance; however, it wins against the flat tax. The Condorcet winner turns out to be the reform with maximal basic allowance.

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  • Bönke, Timm & de Haan, Jakob, 2006. "Was hätte man sonst machen können? Alternativszenarien zur rot-grünen Einkommensteuerreform," Discussion Papers 2006/3, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.
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    1. Giacomo Corneo, 2005. "Verteilungsarithmetik der rot-grünen Einkommensteuerreform," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 125(2), pages 299-314.
    2. Stefan Homburg, 2000. "German Tax Reform 2000. Description and Appraisal," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 57(4), pages 504-513, August.
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    1. Hechtner, Frank, 2010. "Zur Bedeutung von Grenzsteuersätzen bei der Beurteilung von Tarifverwerfungen: Eine theoretische und empirische Analyse am Beispiel von § 32b EStG und § 34 EStG," arqus Discussion Papers in Quantitative Tax Research 104, arqus - Arbeitskreis Quantitative Steuerlehre.
    2. Ralf Maiterth & Heiko Müller, 2009. "Beurteilung der Verteilungswirkungen der „rot-grünen“ Einkommensteuerpolitik," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 129(3), pages 375-390.

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    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies

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