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Title: Inequality and the crisis: the distributional impact of tax increases and welfare and public sector pay cuts
Author: Callan, Tim
Nolan, Brian
Keane, Claire
Walsh, John R.
Keywords: Inequality
Taxation policy
Public spending
Income distribution
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Economic & Social Research Institute
Citation: Callan, Tim; Nolan, Brian; Keane, Claire; Walsh, John R. 'Inequality and the crisis: the distributional impact of tax increases and welfare and public sector pay cuts'. - Economic & Social Review, Vol. 41, No. 4, Winter, 2010, pp. 461–471, Dublin: Economic & Social Research Institute
Abstract: The economic crisis impacts directly on the distribution of income via unemployment and private sector wages, but the way policy responds in seeking to control soaring fiscal deficits is also central to its distributional consequences. Having sketched out the background in terms of inequality trends during Ireland’s boom and the channels through which the recession affects different parts of the income distribution, this paper investigates the distributional impact of the government’s policy response with respect to direct tax, social welfare and public sector pay using the SWITCH tax-benefit model. This provides empirical evidence relevant to future policy choices as efforts to reduce the fiscal deficit continue.
Description: Policy paper presented at a symposium on “The Crisis, Welfare State Retrenchment and Social Cohesion: Lessons from Social Science”
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2262/58564
ISSN: 00129984
Appears in Collections:The Economic and Social Review, Vol. 41, No. 4, Winter, 2010
Economic and Social Review Archive: Complete Collection 1969-

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