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Evidence on top incomes in Tanzania 1948-1970

By Anthony B. Atkinson


This paper examines one aspect of the historical income distribution in Tanzania – the shares of top incomes – using information published as a result of the administration of the individual income tax. Although tax data were employed in earlier studies of developing countries, they have tended in recent years to be rejected as a source. In one sense, this is not surprising. Income taxes only cover a part, sometimes a very small part, of the population. The resulting data cannot provide a picture of the overall distribution

Topics: HC Economic History and Conditions, HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Publisher: International Growth Centre
Year: 2011
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Provided by: LSE Research Online

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