- René Dupart
- Amsterdam (Nl)
Should there be different income tax rates in a country where opportunities are fully equal but incomes are highly unequal?
I know the assumption of equal opportunity is very unlikely to occur in real life, but I would appreciate your different thoughts on fair and unfair inequality. Especially since income inequality has become a topic of much debate in our time.
I'm particularly interested why you would think different taxes are fair in this hypothesized situation. Is it then equality of outcome you perceive as more fair? Or is there perhaps another explanation?
It appears to me that in politics, equality of opportunity is much spoken about, but that it is not used as an argument for progressive taxation, at least not in a manner where a link is established between the steepness of taxes and their view on the equality of opportunity. I tend to think of progressive taxation as a corrective measure for the perceived level of inequality of opportunity, but I'd be glad to hear different views on this topic.