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COVID-19 and (gender) inequality in income: the impact of discretionary policy measures in Austria

Michael Christl (), Silvia De Poli, Dénes Kucsera and Hanno Lorenz
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Dénes Kucsera: Agenda Austria

Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 2022, vol. 158, issue 1, 1-17

Abstract: Abstract This paper analyzes the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on household income in Austria, using detailed administrative labor market data, in combination with micro-simulation techniques that enable specific labor market transitions to be modeled. We find that discretionary fiscal policy measures in Austria are key to counteracting the inequality- and poverty-enhancing effect of COVID-19. Additionally, we find that females tend to experience a greater loss in terms of market income. The Austrian tax–benefit system, however, reduces this gender differences. Disposable income has dropped by around 1% for both males and females. By comparison, males profit mainly from short-time work scheme, while females profit especially from other discretionary policy measures, such as the one-off payment for children.

Keywords: COVID-19; EUROMOD; Micro-simulation; STW; Automatic stabilizers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 E24 H24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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