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Wie progressiv ist Deutschland?


  • Schaefer, Thilo
  • Peichl, Andreas


Deutschland wird häu g ein im europäischen Vergleich überdurchschnittliches Abgabenniveau bescheinigt. Da dies als eine der Hauptursachen für vergleichsweise schwaches Wachstum und hohe Arbeitslosigkeit gilt, werden in der wirtschaftspolitischen Debatte vermehrt Reformen des progressiven Steuer- und Transfersystems gefordert. Im Zentrum unserer Untersuchung steht die Frage, welche Unterschiede die Steuer- und Transfersysteme in den europäischen Ländern hinsichtlich ihrer Progressivität aufweisen und welche Wirkungen auf die Verteilung der Einkommen darauf zurückzuführen sind. Die Analyse zeigt, dass Deutschland im europäischen Vergleich insgesamt eher im mittleren Bereich anzusiedeln ist. Gleichwohl kann der deutschen Einkommensteuer eine relativ hohe Umverteilungswirkung bescheinigt werden, die jedoch auf eine vergleichsweise hohe Ungleichheit der Markteinkommen zurückführen ist. Gleichzeitig geht von den stark regressiv wirkenden Sozialversicherungsbeiträgen eine relativ hohe Belastung aus.

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  • Schaefer, Thilo & Peichl, Andreas, 2007. "Wie progressiv ist Deutschland?," FiFo Discussion Papers - Finanzwissenschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 08-5, University of Cologne, FiFo Institute for Public Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:uoccpe:7222

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    Progression; Umverteilung; Steuer- und Transfersystem; europäischer Vergleich;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies


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