Government Effects on the Distribution of Income: An Overview
Dimitri B. Papadimitriou
Bard College - Levy Economics Institute
February 1, 2006
The Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 442
This paper is the overview chapter of an edited volume on "The Distributional Effects of Government Spending and Taxation." The paper offers the author's perspective on the government's role as a redistributive agent. Taxation and public spending programs are analyzed using the experiences of the United States and other OECD countries. The stark differences among the respective welfare systems are examined from an economic policy lens assessing the success and failure of the tested social policy programs. The measurement and distribution of well-being for special segments of the population, i.e., the elderly and women, are considered.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: Welfare programs, redistributive policies, public spending and taxation, income and wealth distribution, public provisioning, well-being, retirement policies
JEL Classification: H53, I38, D31, J26
Date posted: February 27, 2006 ; Last revised: April 13, 2011
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