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Wed 3rd October 2018 Research Seminar Series: 'Distribution Neutral Fiscal Policy-Theory and Application.'

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3 October 2018

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Speaker: Professor Sugata Marjit
Venue: FB 4.04/08

SBM Host: Professor Sushanta Mallick, Professor of International Finance

Presenter: Professor Sugata Marjit, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC), India, Centre for Training and Research in Public Finance and Policy at CSSSC, India GEP, Nottingham, UK and CESIfo, Munich, Germany

Title of Paper: Distribution Neutral Fiscal Policy-Theory and Application

Abstract

Distribution Neutral Fiscal Policy (DNFP) refers to the set of taxes and transfers which keep the income distribution unchanged over the relevant time period under consideration by the govt. Rising inequality within nations , in particular, within relatively affluent countries ,has impacted profoundly on the political and economic landscape of these countries. DNFP is the first attempt to extend Pareto’s well known welfare criterion that focuses only on absolute compensation by introducing distribution neutrality as a welfare and fiscal monitor. We introduce a notion of INEQUALITY CONVERGENCE and argue why richer countries will find it tougher to pursue such a policy.

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