Distributional National Accounts (DINA) for Austria, 2004-2016

Jestl, Stefan and List, Emanuel (2020) Distributional National Accounts (DINA) for Austria, 2004-2016. INEQ Working Paper Series, 15. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.

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Abstract

This paper constructs distributional national accounts for Austria for the period 2004-2016. We enrich survey data with tabulated tax data and make it fully consistent with national accounts data. The comprehensive dataset allows us to analyse the distribution of macroeconomic growth across the income distribution and to explore the evolution of income inequality in pre-tax income over time. Our results suggest that the distribution of growth has changed over time, which had considerable repercussions on inequality. Inequality started to decline at the very beginning of the economic and financial crisis in 2007, however it has increased again after 2012. We further provide novel insights into the evolution of capital income for top income groups and explore redistribution mechanisms that operated in Austria. Government spending was found to play a key role for redistributive effects across the income distribution. In particular, the transfer system redistributes pre-tax income to a large extent.

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: Distributional national accounts; Austria; survey data; tax data; income inequality
Classification Codes: JEL C55, D31, E01
Divisions: Forschungsinstitute > Verteilungsfragen
Depositing User: Klaudia Marschalek
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2020 12:55
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 12:55
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/7558

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