Redistribution Policy and Social Welfare: A View from Macroeconomics

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Universidad EAFIT
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March 2022
Paper author(s): 
Carlos Esteban Posada
Macroeconomics - Economic growth - Monetary Policy
Fiscal Policy - Public and Welfare Economics

This paper evaluates the effects of redistribution policies on macroeconomic performance, income distribution and social welfare using three alternative social welfare criteria (Pareto's, Rawls' and a mixed one), and establishes the link between the above and the ruler's optimal policy. The main conclusions are the following: 1) a negative effect of redistribution through taxation and subsidies is the increase in the interest rate; 2) as a society advances in the process of wealth redistribution, there comes a time when the ruler faces a trade-off: to maintain this process or to avoid losses in social welfare.


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