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Wellbeing Report seminar series: Redistributive Effect and the Progressivity of Taxes and Benefits: Insights from the UK

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In this seminar, Professor Stephen Jenkins will share findings from his latest research on inequality summarised in the paper he co-authored with Nicolas Hérault (University of Melbourne). They applied the Kakwani approach to decomposing redistributive effect into average rate, progressivity, and reranking components using yearly UK data covering 1977-2018. Drawing on an innovative counterfactual approach, Stephen will analyse how trends in the redistributive effect of cash benefits are largely associated with cyclical changes in average benefit rates. He will also explain how trends in the redistributive effects of direct and indirect taxes are mostly associated with changes in progressivity.

About the presenter

Stephen Jenkins is Professor of Economic and Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a quantitative generalist, and his research interests are in applied economics from a longitudinal perspective, with reference to the distribution of income and its redistribution through taxation, social security and the labour market.

Stephen’s research has been published in a wide range of journals and he published several books including Changing Fortunes: Income Mobility and Poverty Dynamics in Britain (OUP, 2011) and The Great Recession and the Distribution of Household Income (co-edited with Brandolini, Micklewright and Nolan, OUP 2013).

Stephen was named as a Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Association of Economists in July 2019. He is the elected President of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality for 2021-23. He is a Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), Bonn, and Editor of The Stata Journal.

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Wellbeing Report seminar series

At Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury, we are developing the first Wellbeing Report - Te Tai Waiora that will be published in November 2022.

This online seminar is part of a Wellbeing Report programme of Guest lectures running in 2022 and 2023.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 11 January 2023