The concept of pre-distribution has gained popularity in the policy discourse, with some arguing that it is superior to conventional redistribution through tax and transfer.
The VoxEU column argues that the distinction between pre-distribution and redistribution is not at all clear-cut. Progressive taxation and redistribution on the one hand, and pre-distribution and equality of opportunity on the other, are not opposed to each other. Pre-distribution requires redistribution, and redistribution aids pre-distribution.
Read the VoxEU column by Matti Tuomala, Jukka Pirttilä, Ravi Kanbur, Tuuli Paukkeri, Pertti Haaparanta on The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) page.
Matti Tuomala (Tampere University), Jukka Pirttilä (University of Helsinki and VATT Institute for Economic Research), and Tuuli Paukkeri (VATT Institute for Economic Research) are researchers in the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Tax Systems Research (FIT).
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