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dc.contributor.authorImmervoll, Herwigen_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-02-23en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T09:13:38Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T09:13:38Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/33646-
dc.description.abstractThe systems of direct taxes and cash benefits in the Member States of the European Union vary considerably in size and structure. We explore their direct impacts on cross-sectional income inequality (termed redistributive effect for the purpose of this paper) using EUROMOD, a tax-benefit microsimulation model for the European Union. This relies on harmonised household micro-data representative of each national population together with simulations of entitlements to cash benefits and liabilities for taxes and social contributions. It allows us to draw a more comprehensive and comparable picture of the combined effects of transfers and taxes than is usually possible. We decompose the redistributive effect of tax-benefit systems to assess and compare the effectiveness of individual policies at reducing income disparities. The following categories of benefits and taxes are considered both individually and in combination: income taxes, social contributions, cash benefits designed to target the poor or redistribute inter-personally (through means-testing) as well as cash benefits intended to redistribute intra-personally across the lifecycle (through social insurance or contingency-based entitlement). We derive results for the 15 old members of the European Union and present them for each country separately as well as for the EU-15 as a whole.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 1824en_US
dc.subject.jelC81en_US
dc.subject.jelD31en_US
dc.subject.jelH22en_US
dc.subject.jelH55en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordincome inequalityen_US
dc.subject.keywordredistributionen_US
dc.subject.keywordmicrosimulationen_US
dc.subject.keywordEuropean Unionen_US
dc.subject.stwHaushaltseinkommenen_US
dc.subject.stwEinkommensverteilungen_US
dc.subject.stwEinkommensumverteilungen_US
dc.subject.stwEU-Staatenen_US
dc.subject.stwVerteilungswirkungen_US
dc.titleHousehold incomes and redistribution in the European Union: quantifying the equalising properties of taxes and benefitsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn504726706en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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