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Tax Progressivity and Income Inequality

Tax Progressivity and Income Inequality

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Joel Slemrod, Richard Kasten, Frank Sammartino, Eric Toder, William G. Gale, Gilbert Metcalf, Robert P. Inman, Lynn A. Karoly, David M. Cutler, Robert K. Triest, Gary Burtless, C. Eugene Steuerle, John Karl Scholz, Roger H. Gordon, Michael Haliassos, Andrew B. Lyon, James M. Poterba, Steven M. Sheffrin, Jane G. Gravelle, Richard A. Musgrave
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  • Date Published: February 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521587761

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  • This book assembles nine papers on tax progressivity and its relationship to income inequality, written by leading public finance economists. The papers document the changes during the 1980s in progressivity at the federal, state, and local level in the US. One chapter investigates the extent to which the declining progressivity contributed to the well-documented increase in income inequality over the past two decades, while others investigate the economic impact and cost of progressive tax systems. Special attention is given to the behavioral response to taxation of high-income individuals, portfolio behavior, and the taxation of capital gains. The concluding set of essays addresses the contentious issue of what constitutes a 'fair' tax system, contrasting public attitudes towards alternative tax systems to economists' notions of fairness. Each essay is followed by remarks of a commentator plus a summary of the discussion among contributors.

    • Highly topical and controversial subject
    • Well-known author
    • Includes essays from leading experts in the field
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    • Date Published: February 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521587761
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.533kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus. 66 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Joel Slemrod
    2. Trends in Federal tax progressivity, 1980–93 Richard Kasten, Frank Sammartino and Eric Toder
    Comments William G. Gale
    3. The lifetime incidence of state and local taxes: measuring changes during the 1980s Gilbert Metcalf
    Comments Robert P. Inman
    4. Trends in income inequality: the impact of, and implications for, tax policy Lynn A. Karoly
    Comments David M. Cutler
    5. The efficiency cost of increased progressivity Robert K. Triest
    Comments Gary Burtless
    6. On the high-income Laffer curve Joel Slemrod
    Comments C. Eugene Steuerle
    7. Tax progressivity and household portfolios: descriptive evidence from the surveys of consumer finances John Karl Scholz
    Comments Roger H. Gordon
    8. Progressivity of capital gains taxation with optimal portfolio selection Michael Haliassos and Andrew B. Lyon
    Comments James M. Poterba
    9. Perceptions of fairness in the crucible of tax policy Steven M. Sheffrin
    Comments Jane G. Gravelle
    10. Progressive taxation, equity and tax design Richard A. Musgrave
    Index.

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    Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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    Joel Slemrod, Richard Kasten, Frank Sammartino, Eric Toder, William G. Gale, Gilbert Metcalf, Robert P. Inman, Lynn A. Karoly, David M. Cutler, Robert K. Triest, Gary Burtless, C. Eugene Steuerle, John Karl Scholz, Roger H. Gordon, Michael Haliassos, Andrew B. Lyon, James M. Poterba, Steven M. Sheffrin, Jane G. Gravelle, Richard A. Musgrave

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