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Erik Figueiredo and Cleiton R. Silva
''Note on Fairness and Income Redistribution in the Latin American Countries''
( 2014, Vol. 34 No.2 )
This paper assesses the effects of income redistribution policies on "responsibility-sensitive" fairness levels in major Latin American countries. We consider a justice criterion and analyses the redistribution mechanism (taxation policy) used by countries. The results indicate that taxation does not have a significant effect on Latin American fairness indicators. This behavior can be explained, among other factors, by the fiscal design used, which utilizes high rates associated with the effort variables and fails to equalize unequal opportunities.
Keywords: Theory of Justice, Redistribution.
JEL: D3 - Distribution: General
E6 - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General
Manuscript Received : Feb 10 2014 Manuscript Accepted : Jun 18 2014

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