Atkinson’s book Inequality: What Can Be Done? (Harvard University Press, 2015) sets out a range of concrete proposals aimed at reducing income inequality, which cover a very broad span but include major changes to the income tax and social transfers system and the minimum wage. These are framed with specific reference to the UK but have much broader relevance in demonstrating how substantial the impact on inequality of such measures could be. This paper assesses the first-round effects of these tax, transfer and minimum wage reforms on income inequality and poverty based on a microsimulation approach using EUROMOD.
Atkinson, A.B., Leventi, C. Nolan, B., Sutherland, H. & Tasseva, I. (2017). ‘Reducing poverty and inequality through tax-benefit reform and the minimum wage: the UK as a case-study’. Journal of Economic Inequality, 15(4), pp.303–323.