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Inequality in Greece: an analysis by income source

Papatheodorou, Christos (1998) Inequality in Greece: an analysis by income source. DARP (39). Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

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This paper employs a decomposition analysis of inequality by income source to understand and explain particular aspects of income inequality in Greece. The results suggest that entrepreneurial income is the most significant contributor to overall inequality in Greece. It is also shown that there is a weak redistributive impact of taxes and social security contributions and this is mainly attributed to tax evasion, particularly in entrepreneurial income. The decrease of the inequality of entrepreneurial income appears to be the most effective way of reducing total inequality. Overall this analysis may help to establish links between the functional and personal income distribution. Therefore, our ability to evaluate and predict the potential implications of particular growth policies to inequality, poverty and, consequently, to social development, is significantly improved.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 1998 Christos Papatheodorou
Divisions: STICERD
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
H - Public Economics > H2 - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue > H26 - Tax Evasion
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2008 12:34
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2021 00:44

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