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Social Spending, Taxes and Income Redistribution in Paraguay

Sean Higgins (), Nora Lustig (), Julio Ramirez () and Billy Swanson ()
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Julio Ramirez: CADEP (Centro de Analisis y Difusion de la Economia Paraguaya)
Billy Swanson: Department of Economics, University of California Davis

No 1311, Working Papers from Tulane University, Department of Economics

Abstract: How much redistribution does Paraguay accomplish through social spending and taxes? How progressive are revenue collection and social spending? Using a standard fiscal incidence analysis, we quantify the reduction in inequality and poverty in Paraguay across income concepts, and contextualize these results by placing Paraguay in comparative perspective with other Latin American countries. Paraguay achieves a relatively small reduction in inequality, even when in-kind education and health benefits are taken into account. Direct taxes are progressive, indirect taxes are regressive, and total taxes are regressive. Social spending is progressive in relative terms, but less so than in any of the other countries analyzed.

Keywords: inequality; poverty; Paraguay; social spending; taxes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H22 D31 I32 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lam, nep-ltv, nep-pbe and nep-pub
Date: 2013-02
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