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The distributional impact of recurrent immovable property taxation in Greece

Andriopoulou, Eirini, Kanavitsa, Eleni, Leventi, Chrysa and Tsakloglou, Panos (2020) The distributional impact of recurrent immovable property taxation in Greece. GreeSE papers (150). London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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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 were playing a very minor role before the crisis. These taxes helped boosting 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.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: https://www.lse.ac.uk/Hellenic-Observatory/Publica...
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author(s)
Divisions: Hellenic Observatory
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
H - Public Economics > H2 - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue > H22 - Incidence
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2020 10:24
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2020 23:04
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/106123

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