Economie et Statistique / Economics and Statistics n° 526-527 - 2021Varia

Economie et Statistique / Economics and Statistics
Paru le : Paru le 07/10/2021
Clément Carbonnier
Economie et Statistique / Economics and Statistics - October 2021
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Comment: Family-Based Tax and Transfer System – Issues for Income Tax and Other Public Policies

Clément Carbonnier

Economie et Statistique / Economics and Statistics

No 526-527

Paru le : 07/10/2021

Abstract

The articles by Allègre et al. (2021) and André & Sireyjol (2021) document in detail, using microsimulations, the redistributive impacts of the familialization of the income tax, and thus contribute to the important debate on this specific system of household income taxation in France. To discuss their results, we first propose to review the history of this specificity, which refers to the question of contributory capacity and its origin in the 1789 Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen. We question its interpretation through the concepts of decreasing marginal utility and equivalence scale and its scope of application, the income tax or the whole system of taxes and transfers. Finally, we question the unit of evaluation: the individual or the family.

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Citation: Carbonnier, C. (2021). Family-Based Tax and Transfer System – Issues for Income Tax and Other Public Policies. Economie et Statistique / Economics and Statistics, 526-527, 41–48. doi:10.24187/ecostat.2021.526d.2051