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Reducing Inequality Through Tax and Spending

February 21, 2013

Rickshaws and a new BMW in the Indian capital, New Delhi. Targeted benefits, rather than universal benefits, are better at reducing inequality, says Coady. (Photo: Jens Kalaene/dpa/Corbis)

Fiscal policy—or the way a government taxes, spends and borrows money—can have a huge impact on reducing inequality. But according to a recent IMF study, that impact has been shrinking over the past decade, as governments scale back social benefits, and make income taxes less progressive.

David Coady, IMF, Fiscal Affairs Department