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Taxes, benefits and national profiles of inequality and poverty

Martin Evans and Lewis Williams

in A generation of change, a lifetime of difference?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423054
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301387 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423054.003.0010
Taxes, benefits and national profiles of inequality and poverty

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This chapter explores the changing overall incidence of taxes and benefits and their outcomes on income distribution and poverty. It also addresses the aggregate empirical profiles of policy outcomes over time for the whole of Britain and then illustrates how these will inform the later model lifetime analysis. The three main areas considered are incidence of taxes and benefits, outcomes that arise from the different policy systems, and income inequality. Median income has risen significantly over the whole period but rose fastest from 1997 to 2006. Furthermore, relative poverty rates have grown over the period.

Keywords: taxes; benefits; income inequality; poverty; Britain; policy systems

Chapter.  8414 words.  Illustrated.

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