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Tibor Barna: the redistributive impact of taxes and social policies in the UK 1937-2005

Glennerster, Howard (2006) Tibor Barna: the redistributive impact of taxes and social policies in the UK 1937-2005. CASEpaper (CASE/115). Center for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Regular annual studies made by the Office of National Statistics in the UK are intended to show how far taxing household incomes and giving benefits in cash and kind to households redistributes income from rich to poor. The first attempt to do this in the UK was made by Tibor Barna for the year 1937. Subsequently his approach has been replicated and elaborated. This study reworks and compares data from various studies to see how the scale and nature of the state’s redistributive role has changed over the past seventy years. Differences in methods and data make comparisons difficult but some broad conclusions can be drawn. Some methodological issues are also discussed on the question of how to approach household equivalisation when services in kind are treated as income.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2006 Howard Glennerster
Divisions: Social Policy
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I30 - General
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2008 12:20
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2020 00:38

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