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Book chapter

Who benefits from fiscal redistribution in the Russian Federation?

P. 199-233.
Lopez Calva L. F., Lustig N., Matytsin M., Popova D.

This chapter assesses the distributional impact of the Russian main tax and social spending programs. The Russia’s tax-benefit system has a limited redistributive capacity vertically, but it does achieve considerable redistribution among sociodemographic groups (horizontal redistribution). The households of working-age people with and without children are net payers, while only pensioners’ households benefit from the fiscal redistribution in Russia. If pensions are considered as deferred income, the system achieves reduction of inequality similar to Brazil and Chile. If pensions are considered a government transfer, redistribution in Russia appears to be larger than that of the United States.