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dc.contributor.authorBargain, Olivieren_US
dc.contributor.authorDolls, Mathiasen_US
dc.contributor.authorImmervoll, Herwigen_US
dc.contributor.authorNeumann, Dirken_US
dc.contributor.authorPeichl, Andreasen_US
dc.contributor.authorPestel, Nicoen_US
dc.contributor.authorSiegloch, Sebastianen_US
dc.description.abstractWe assess the effects of U.S. tax policy reforms on inequality by applying a new decomposition method that allows us to disentangle mechanical effects due to changes in pre-tax incomes from direct effects of policy reforms. While tax reforms implemented under Democrat administrations, in particular the EITC reforms in the 1990s and the ARRA in 2009, had an equalizing effect at the lower half of the distribution, the disequalizing effects of Republican reforms are due to tax cuts for high-income families. As a consequence of partisan politics, overall policy effects almost cancel out over the whole time period.en_US
dc.publisherInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5910en_US
dc.subject.keywordtax policyen_US
dc.subject.keywordpolitical economyen_US
dc.subject.keywordGreat Recessionen_US
dc.titleTax policy and income inequality in the US, 1978 - 2009: A decomposition approachen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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