Political Income Redistribution

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This article discusses political income redistribution, beginning with a section on a simple but widely used class of models. These models have a menu of redistributive options that is artificially restricted by limiting taxes and transfers to schemes that make post-tax income a deterministic and non-decreasing function of pre-tax income. The article next discusses models that put emphasis on the potential instability of redistributive politics and models that have built-in sources of stability. The final section focuses on several models of redistributive politics that try to explain the choice of redistributive instruments despite the availability of more efficient alternatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Political Economy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577437
ISBN (Print)9780199548477
StatePublished - Jun 19 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


  • Models
  • Political income
  • Post-tax income
  • Pre-tax income
  • Redistribution
  • Redistributive instruments
  • Redistributive options
  • Redistributive politics
  • Stability


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