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Effects on Taxation on the Forecasting of Income Inequality: Evidence from Germany, Greece, and Italy

Guglielmo D’Amico (), Giuseppe Di Biase () and Raimondo Manca ()
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Guglielmo D’Amico: Department of Drug Sciences, University “G. D’Annunzio†, Chieti, Italy
Giuseppe Di Biase: Department of Drug Sciences, University “G. D’Annunzio†, Chieti, Italy
Raimondo Manca: Department of Mathematics for the Economics, Financial and Insurance Decisions, University “La Sapienza†, Rome, Italy

Panoeconomicus, 2013, vol. 60, issue 6, 707-723

Abstract: In this paper, we investigate the impact of the fiscal system on wealth redistribution in Germany, Greece, and Italy. We demonstrate the application of the model to the data of the quoted countries. We obtain the gross income distributions by starting from the net income distributions downloaded from the Eurostat website and by using the individual income tax rates of each country. We evaluate the Dynamic Theil's Entropy that allows us to recover the total inequality between the net and gross income distributions for each of these countries. Such a comparison allowed us to understand how the fiscal systems affect wealth distribution. These results can be used for planning welfare policies.

Keywords: Income distribution; Dynamic Theil's entropy; Fiscal system; Welfare policies. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E64 E27 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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