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Unequal Societies

Roland Benabou ()

Working Papers from C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University

Abstract: This paper aims to explain the significant variations in the social contracts which can be observed across nations. It shows in particular how countries with similar technologies and preferences, as well as equally democratic political systems, can sustain very different avrage and marginal tax rates.

Keywords: SOCIAL JUSTICE; INCOME; POLITICAL ECONOMY; TAXATION; WELFARE ECONOMICS; WELFARE STATE (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 E62 I22 O41 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1996
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