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Title:Effects of flat tax reforms in Western Europe on equity and efficiency PDF Logo
Authors:Paulus, Alari
Peichl, Andreas
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:EUROMOD Working Paper EM2/08
Abstract:The flat income tax has become increasingly popular recently, yet its implementation is limited to Eastern Europe. We analyse the distributional and efficiency effects of flat tax scenarios for Western European countries. Our simulations show that flat tax rates required to attain revenue neutrality with existing basic allowances improve labour supply incentives. However, they result in higher inequality and polarisation. Flat rates necessary to keep the inequality levels unchanged allow for some scope for flat taxes to increase both equity and effi ciency. Our analysis suggests that Mediterranean countries are more likely to benefit from flat taxes.
Subjects:flat tax reform
income distribution
work incentives
microsimulation
JEL:C81
D31
H24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:EUROMOD Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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