Household Size and Distributional Implications of Taxes and Transfers

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 11.06.2002, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Sourushe Zandvakili (University of Cincinnati)


This paper examines the distributional implications of tax and transfer programs in the United States using household income data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics from 1981-91. Income inequality is measured for pre-tax/transfer and post-tax/transfer definitions of household income. To assess the impact of taxes and transfers on the size distribution of income, confidence intervals are constructed for various measures of inequality, and hypothesis tests are conducted to determine whether observed changes in the distribution of income, before and after taxes and transfers, are statistically significant. Using decomposable measures of inequality, the implications of number of exemptions and hence family size are investigated.

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