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Beyond AusterityReforming the Greek Economy$
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Costas Meghir, Christopher A. Pissarides, Dimitri Vayanos, and Nikolaos Vettas

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035835

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035835.001.0001

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Tax and Welfare Reform in Greece1

Tax and Welfare Reform in Greece1

Chapter:
(p.405) 10 Tax and Welfare Reform in Greece1
Source:
Beyond Austerity
Author(s):

Maria Flevotomou

Michael Haliassos

Christos Kotsogiannis

Costas Meghir

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035835.003.0010

A well-designed tax and welfare benefit system, which minimizes distortions while raising the required revenue and providing suitable social insurance, is a key component of an advanced economy. This chapter describes the current Greek tax system and proposes three simpler alternatives, which perform well in their implied incentives, are budget neutral, and achieve better social insurance and redistribution. It provides static simulations of these systems, demonstrating the resulting income distribution, and discusses the implied incentives. It also emphasizes the importance of evaluating such systems with actual microeconomic data, a process that should be a standard tool of policy making.

Keywords:   welfare benefit system, Greek tax system, social insurance, income distribution, microeconomic data, policy making

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