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Research Paper IFS Briefing Notes BN132

A dynamic perspective on how the UK personal tax and benefit system affects work incentives and redistributes income


Publication date

Oct 2012


This briefing note summarises a project that took a life-cycle perspective to understand how taxes and benefits affect incentives to work and earn more, and the way in which they redistribute income. It analysed the simulated lifetimes of women (and their families) whose characteristics are taken from survey data and whose behaviour is derived from a model of individual decision-making that broadly replicates what is actually observed amongst real individuals in the UK.


Labour Market, Welfare Benefits, Income Dynamics, Taxation, and Life Course Analysis



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