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Do Redistributive State Taxes Reduce inequality?

Leigh, Andrew


Do income taxes levied at a state or regional level affect the after-tax distribution of income? Or do workers merely move between regions, causing pre-tax wages to adjust? Using the full income tax parameters for all U.S. states from 1977-2002,I create a "simulated tax redistribution index" that captures the mechanical impact of changes in tax policy on the Gini coefficient, but is exogenous to any behavioral response. Analyzing the effect of this redistribution index on inequality, I find...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: National Tax Journal


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