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Tax Policy and Income Inequality in the United States, 1979-2007

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This paper assesses the effects of U.S. tax policy reforms on inequality over around three decades, from 1979 to 2007. It applies a new method for decomposing changes in government redistribution into (1) a direct policy effect resulting from policy changes and (2) the effects of changing market incomes. Over the period as a whole, the tax policy changes increased income inequality by pushing up the income share of high-income earners (the top 20%). (JEL H23, H31, H53, P16)

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hal-01457384 , version 1 (06-02-2017)

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Olivier Bargain, Mathias Dolls, Herwig Immervoll, Dirk Neumann, Andreas Peichl, et al.. Tax Policy and Income Inequality in the United States, 1979-2007. Economic Inquiry, 2015, 53 (2), pp.1061--1085. ⟨10.1111/ecin.12172⟩. ⟨hal-01457384⟩
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