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Effect of Marginal Changes in Income Sources On U.S. Income Inequality

Effect of Marginal Changes in Income Sources On U.S. Income Inequality The success of public policies often turns on their distributional impacts. Policyanalyses often compare inequality before and after the policy change, but suchglobal estimates are sensitive to the ordering of income sources. This article presentsa method for estimating distributional effects of marginal changes in incomesources—including taxes and transfers—on the Gini coefficient and the extendedGini (which permits explicit focus on segments of distribution). The authors showhow to integrate robustness and behavioral effects and to compare inequality effectsacross programs. The application yields estimates of the inequality impact per onedollar change in various U.S. taxes and transfers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Public Finance Quarterly SAGE

Effect of Marginal Changes in Income Sources On U.S. Income Inequality

Public Finance Quarterly , Volume 22 (4): 15 – Oct 1, 1994

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0048-5853
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10.1177/109114219402200401
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Abstract

The success of public policies often turns on their distributional impacts. Policyanalyses often compare inequality before and after the policy change, but suchglobal estimates are sensitive to the ordering of income sources. This article presentsa method for estimating distributional effects of marginal changes in incomesources—including taxes and transfers—on the Gini coefficient and the extendedGini (which permits explicit focus on segments of distribution). The authors showhow to integrate robustness and behavioral effects and to compare inequality effectsacross programs. The application yields estimates of the inequality impact per onedollar change in various U.S. taxes and transfers.

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Public Finance QuarterlySAGE

Published: Oct 1, 1994

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