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dc.contributor.advisor Zodrow, George R.
dc.contributor.advisor Mieszkowski, Peter
dc.contributor.advisor Diamond, John W.
dc.creatorTung, Joyce Chia-Hsing
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-03T21:13:24Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-03T21:13:24Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/20659
dc.description.abstract The first essay applies a panel approach to investigate household wealth accumulation and distribution across lifetime income groups for all existing cohorts. Differentiating lifetime income groups with self-reported wages from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and imputing missing pension values with multiple-imputation procedure improves previous estimates of lifetime wealth profiles. The findings suggest a very wide dispersion in the distribution of accumulated wealth both across and within lifetime earnings groups. The second essay reviews different methods of modeling the foreign sector and assesses the ways in which the estimated effects of a fundamental tax reform might be altered when different specifications of the foreign sector are utilized. The last essay employs a dynamic overlapping-generations lifecycle computable general equilibrium (LC-CGE) model to evaluate various macroeconomic effects of a Flat Tax reform in a large open economy setting. Simulation results indicate the welfare gains of a Flat Tax reform in a large open economy are about 15-20 percent larger than in a closed economy model with similar structural settings and parameter values. Access to international capital market provides an additional channel through which the domestic economy can expand its capital stock and investment. Also, potential declines in the values of the two non-corporate non-housing sectors during transition could be significant.
dc.format.extent 178 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectEconomics
dc.title Essays on wealth distribution and tax reform
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department Economics
thesis.degree.discipline Social Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
dc.identifier.citation Tung, Joyce Chia-Hsing. "Essays on wealth distribution and tax reform." (2007) Diss., Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/20659.


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