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A how-to guide for assessing the impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty

Inequality has emerged in recent years as a major topic of economic and political discussion, but it is often unclear whether governments can or should do something about it, and if so, what that something might be. This unique volume, edited by Nora Lustig, an equity expert at Tulane University, helps fill that void. Developed by the Commitment to Equity Institute at Tulane, the book examines both the theory and the practical methods for determining the impact of taxation and public spending on inequality and poverty. It provides a step-by-step guide for policymakers, economists, and social planners when analyzing whether fiscal policy has narrowed or widened inequality. The book also has user-written software for conducting a Commitment to Equity Assessment, along with several country studies of these assessments.

In addition to serving as a manual, the book can be used as a stand-alone reference for those interested in the methods for assessing the impact on equity of fiscal policy. It also serves as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on public finance and income distribution.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-xx
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xxi-xxxii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Fran├žois Bourguignon
  3. pp. xxxiii-xxxviii
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  1. Acknowledgments CEQ Handbook 2018
  2. pp. xxxix-xlii
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  1. Acknowledgments to the 2013 Edition
  2. pp. xlii-xlvi
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  1. Abstracts
  2. pp. xlvii-lviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Nora Lustig
  3. pp. lix-lxxxii
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  1. Part I: Methodology
  1. 1. The CEQ Assessment: Measuring the Impact of Fiscal Policy on Inequality and Poverty
  2. Nora Lustig, Sean Higgins
  3. pp. 3-55
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  1. 2. Analytic Foundations: Measuring the Redistributive Impact of Taxes and Transfers
  2. Ali Enami, Nora Lustig, Rodrigo Aranda
  3. pp. 56-115
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  1. 3. Measuring the Redistributive Impact of Taxes and Transfers in the Presence of Reranking
  2. Ali Enami
  3. pp. 116-174
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  1. 4. Can a Poverty-Reducing and Progressive Tax and Transfer System Hurt the Poor?
  2. Sean Higgins, Nora Lustig
  3. pp. 175-206
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  1. 5. Measuring the Effectiveness of Taxes and Transfers in Fighting Inequality and Poverty
  2. Ali Enami
  3. pp. 207-216
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  1. Part II: Implementation
  1. 6. Allocating Taxes and Transfers and Constructing Income Concepts: Completing Sections A, B, and C of the CEQ Master Workbook
  2. Sean Higgins, Nora Lustig
  3. pp. 219-326
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  1. 7. Constructing Consumable Income: Including the Direct and Indirect Effects of Indirect Taxes and Subsidies
  2. Jon Jellema, Gabriela Inchauste
  3. pp. 327-359
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  1. 8. Producing Indicators and Results, and Completing Sections D and E of the CEQ Master Workbook Using the CEQ Stata Package
  2. Sean Higgins
  3. pp. 360-446
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  1. 9. Analyzing the Impact of Fiscal Policy on Ethno-Racial Inequality
  2. Rodrigo Aranda, Adam Ratzlaff
  3. pp. 447-474
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  1. Part III: Applications
  1. 10. Fiscal Policy, Income Redistribution, and Poverty Reduction in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
  2. Nora Lustig
  3. pp. 477-515
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  1. 11. Argentina: Taxes, Expenditures, Poverty, and Income Distribution
  2. Dario Rossignolo
  3. pp. 516-553
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  1. 12. Brazil: Fiscal Policy and Ethno-Racial Poverty and Inequality
  2. Claudiney Pereira
  3. pp. 554-567
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  1. 13. Chile: The Impact of Fiscal Policy on Inequality and Poverty
  2. Sandra Martinez-Aguilar, Alan Fuchs, Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez, Giselle Del Carmen
  3. pp. 568-602
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  1. 14. The Dominican Republic: Fiscal Policy, Income Redistribution, and Poverty Reduction
  2. Jaime Aristy-Escuder, Maynor Cabrera, Blanca Moreno-Dodson, Miguel E. Sanchez-Martin
  3. pp. 603-666
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  1. 15. El Salvador: The Impact of Taxes and Social Spending on Inequality and Poverty
  2. Margarita Beneke de Sanfeliu, Nora Lustig, Jose Andres Oliva Cepeda
  3. pp. 667-701
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  1. 16. Ghana and Tanzania: The Impact of Reforming Energy Subsidies, Cash Transfers, and Taxes on Inequality and Poverty
  2. Stephen D. Younger
  3. pp. 702-712
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  1. 17. Iran: An Application of the CEQ Effectiveness Indicators
  2. Ali Enami
  3. pp. 713-722
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  1. 18. Tunisia: Fiscal Policy, Income Redistribution, and Poverty Reduction
  2. Nizar Jouini, Nora Lustig, Ahmed Moummi, Abebe Shimeles
  3. pp. 723-744
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  1. 19. Uganda: The Impact of Taxes, Transfers, and Subsidies on Inequality and Poverty
  2. Jon Jellema, Nora Lustig, Astrid Haas, Sebastian Wolf
  3. pp. 745-786
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  1. Part IV: The CEQ (Commitment to Equity) Assessment Tools
  2. pp. 787-788
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 789-798
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 799-818
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815732211
Related ISBN
9780815732204
MARC Record
OCLC
1022977061
Pages
928
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-02
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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