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The distributional impact of recurrent immovable property taxation in Greece

Eirini Andriopoulou (), Eleni Kanavitsa and Chrysa Leventi ()
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Eleni Kanavitsa: Athens University of Economics and Business, Athene, Greece

Public Sector Economics, 2020, vol. 44, issue 4, 505-528

Abstract: During the last decade, Greece faced one of the most severe debt crises among developed countries, leading to Economic Adjustment Programs in order to avoid a disorderly default. Public expenditure was cut, tax rates were increased and new taxes were introduced, aiming at restoring public finances. Prominent among the latter were recurrent property taxes that had played a very minor role before the crisis. These taxes helped to boost public revenues but were hugely unpopular. The paper examines in detail their distributional impact and finds that they led to increases in inequality and (relative) poverty. The result is stronger in the case of inequality indices that are relatively more sensitive to changes close to the bottom of the distribution and poverty indices that are sensitive to the distribution of income among the poor.

Keywords: property taxation; inequality; poverty; progressivity; Greece (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 H22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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