Redistribution between Rich and Poor Countries

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Miranda Stewart

University of Melbourne - Law School; Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Date Written: February 28, 2018

Abstract

The topic of redistribution between rich and poor countries opens a can of worms. This paper first inquires into what we mean by some of these words and second, considers the role of taxation in redistribution. It briefly considers the various modes of redistribution to address poverty and inequality, including the role of taxation, within a country before turning to consider modes of redistribution between rich and poor countries. The paper then turns to consider whether we are asking the right question. Should the question, really, be about redistribution between rich and poor people? In an increasingly global and digital era, how might we reconsider the role of taxation in achieving this? The paper briefly touches on state-based and cosmopolitan theories of international distributive justice, before considering whether we need to unpack the very concept of the country, nation-state, or government to achieve the transnational provision of public goods and redistribution between rich and poor.

Keywords: International tax, economic development, poverty, inequality, redistribution

JEL Classification: H23, H41, H77, H87

Suggested Citation

Stewart, Miranda, Redistribution between Rich and Poor Countries (February 28, 2018). TTPI Working paper 4/2018, U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 781, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3140135 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3140135

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