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Tax Progressivity and Income Inequality - Joel Slemrod

Tax Progressivity and Income Inequality

Paperback Published: 7th April 1997
ISBN: 9780521587761
Number Of Pages: 376

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Should the rich bear the brunt of the tax burden, or should it be shared proportionately among the population? This issue has dominated recent public debates over the tax system, and is a controversial issue among economists. This book contains nine essays by economists on tax progressivity--how the tax burden is borne across income classes--and how the tax system affects the inequality of income. It presents the basic facts about how tax progressivity in the U.S. has changed in the 1980s, and assesses its role in exacerbating or offsetting the overall trend toward increased income inequality.

"The papers provide sufficient detail on methodology to be valuable to others wanting to work in the area, and are also accessible to a broader audience. The comments of the discussants add considerable value to the volume by providing alternative perspectives. The inclusion of discussant comments and a summary of frequently insightful comments of attendees bring to mind Brookings volumes on public policy issues. This volume should be of interest to a similar audience." Gerald E. Austen, Journal of Economic Literature

Introduction
Trends in Federal tax progressivity, 1980-1993
The lifetime incidence of state and local taxes: measuring changes during the 1980s
Trends in income inequality: the impact of, and implications for, tax policy Lynn A. Karoly
The efficiency cost of increased progressivity
On the high-income Laffer curve
Tax progressivity and household portfolios: descriptive evidence from the surveys of consumer finances
Progressivity of capital gains taxation with optimal portfolio selection
Perceptions of fairness in the crucible of tax policy
Progressive taxation, equity and tax design
Index
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ISBN: 9780521587761
ISBN-10: 052158776X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 7th April 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.55