The Distribution of Taxes and Government Benefits in Australia

Ann Harding, Rachel Lloyd, Neil Warren

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    This study examines the distribution of household income, and of selected taxes and benefits in Australia, in 2001-02. We find that direct cash transfers are more progressive than indirect (non-cash) benefits, but that the combined overall impact of all benefits remains strongly redistributive towards lower income Australians. Similarly, the regressive impact of the indirect taxes considered in our study partially offsets the highly progressive impact of direct taxes but the overall impact of the taxes considered remains strongly pro-poor.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Distributional Effects of Government Spending and Taxation
    EditorsDimitri B Papadimitriou
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages26
    ISBN (Print)9781403996251
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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