Inequality and redistribution revisited

Woojin Lee, John E. Roemer

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As inequality rises taxation can be less efficient in the sense that a given tax rate produces a smaller tax base. If this tax base effect outweighs the conventional political effect, then increasing inequality can induce less public spending (or redistribution), contrarily to Alesina and Rodrik and Persson and Tabellini.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-346
Number of pages8
JournalEconomics Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Dec
Externally publishedYes

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  • Inequality
  • Political economy
  • Political effect
  • Tax base effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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