reranking, equivalence scales, taxation

Taxation, Reranking and Equivalence Scales

This paper considers whether an equivalence scale implicit in transfer policy can be inferred from summary measures of reranking. It is conjectured that, if the government has a distributional objective and formulates tax policy with a view to equitable treatment of income units, then adopting the scale that is implicit in government transfer policy should only identify reranking that has no equity foundation. This motivates the question: Is the incidence of reranking associated with a transfer system minimised by the equivalence scale that is implicit in the transfer system?