Friday, February 17, 2012
Lucy Barnes (Nuffield College, Oxford), The Facts About Tax Progressivity:
[T]he question of how progressive the system is an empirical question. In fact, the system of taxation in the United States is relatively progressive. What makes this fact surprising is that tax progressivity and fiscal redistribution (the reduction of inequality by government action) are often conflated, and it remains true that redistribution in the US is low, due mainly to the relatively small size of the US government.
(Hat Tip: Greg McNeal.)