Barra Roantree

Barra Roantree

Research Economist

Education:

MSc Economics, Trinity College Dublin, 2012

BA Economics (1st Class), Trinity College Dublin, 2011

ORCID: 0000-0002-8738-8225

Barra joined the IFS in 2012, where he works in the Direct Tax and Welfare sector. His current research projects include a cross-country collaborative analysis of the effects of social security contributions on earnings, an investigation into the redistribution achieved by the UK tax and benefit system across the life-cycle, and research into the labour supply responsiveness of women over time.

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What a difference a day makes: inequality and the tax and benefit system from a long-run perspective

| Journal Article

Most analyses of inequality and tax and benefit reforms are based on measures of individuals’ circumstances at a point in time. But strong age-profiles in earnings, among other characteristics that the tax and benefit system conditions upon, combined with individuals’ ability to transfer resources across time suggests that measuring circumstances over longer horizons may lead to a very different picture. In this article, we consider how our impression of inequality and the tax and benefit system changes when the horizon under consideration is extended.

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