Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/123806
Authors: 
Avram, Silvia
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Working Paper Series 2014-26
Abstract: 
Using EUROMOD, this study investigates the size and distributional effects of tax allowances and tax credits in 6 European countries. It also examines whether instrument design matters in shaping the redistributive effect, paying attention to both categorical and explicit income targeting .With few exceptions the impact of tax allowances and tax credits on inequality is small. Tax credits are generally more progressive than tax allowances. The design of the allowances/credits appears to be less important than the characteristics of the population they are targeting and/or other features of the income tax system in determining the redistributive effect. Consequently, tax concessions appear ill-suited to target resources towards households in the bottom part of the income distribution.
Subjects: 
tax expenditure
redistribution
income tax
microsimulation
JEL: 
D31
H24
I38
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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