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Why the five economists' plan for a 'wage-tax trade off' is a mistake for Australia

Published on 01 Sep 01 by "AUSTRALIAN TAX FORUM" JOURNAL ARTICLE

This paper presents an analysis of the Five Economists' plan for a 'wage-tax trade-off', combining an EITC program with a freeze on award wage increases, as a policy package for reducing unemployment. The study identifies the changes in effective tax rates implied by the EITC program and shows that, when combined with a wage cut for the low paid, the proposed plan will increase inequality.

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Patricia APPS
Patricia Apps is Professor of Public Economics in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Adjunct Professor in the Economics Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Research Fellow at IZA
Current at November 2013
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