To what extent do fiscal regimes equalize opportunities for income acquisition among citizens?

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dc.contributor.author Roemer, John E.
dc.contributor.author Aaberge, Rolf
dc.contributor.author Colombino, Ugo
dc.contributor.author Fritzell, Johan
dc.contributor.author Jenkins, Stephen P.
dc.contributor.author Lefranc, Arnaud
dc.contributor.author Marx, Ive
dc.contributor.author Page, Marianne
dc.contributor.author Pommer, Evert
dc.contributor.author Ruiz-Castillo, Javier
dc.contributor.author San Segundo, María Jesús
dc.contributor.author Tranaes, Torben
dc.contributor.author Trannoy, Alain
dc.contributor.author Wagner, Gert G.
dc.contributor.author Zubiri, Ignacio
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-23T15:16:08Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-23T15:16:08Z
dc.date.issued 2003-03
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Journal of Public Economics, 2003, v. 87, n. 3-4, pp.539-565
dc.identifier.issn 0047-2727
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/4749
dc.description.abstract This paper employs the theory of equality of opportunity, described in Roemer’s book (Equality of Opportunity, Harvard University Press, 1998), to compute the extent to which tax-and-transfer regimes in 11 countries equalize opportunities among citizens for income acquisition. Roughly speaking, equality of opportunity for incomes has been achieved in a country when it is the case that the distributions of post-fisc income are the same for different types of citizen, where a citizen’s type is defined by the socio-economic status of his parents. Intuitively, a country will have equalized opportunity if the chances of earning high (or low) income are equal for citizens from all family backgrounds. Of course, pre-fisc income distributions, by type, will not be identical, as long as the educational system does not entirely make up for the disadvantage that children, who come from poor families face, but the tax-and-transfer system can play a role in rectifying that inequality. We include, in our computation, two numbers that summarize the extent to which each country’s current fiscal regime achieves equalization of opportunities for income, and the deadweight loss that would be incurred by moving to the regime that does.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.relation.isversionof http://hdl.handle.net/10016/4776
dc.rights ©Elsevier
dc.subject.other Fiscal regimes
dc.subject.other Equal opportunities
dc.subject.other Income acquisition
dc.title To what extent do fiscal regimes equalize opportunities for income acquisition among citizens?
dc.type article
dc.type.review PeerReviewed
dc.description.status Publicado
dc.relation.publisherversion http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0047-2727(01)00145-1
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/S0047-2727(01)00145-1
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dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 539
dc.identifier.publicationissue 3-4
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 565
dc.identifier.publicationtitle Journal of Public Economics
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 87
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