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Inequality and the composition of taxes

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Inequality and the composition of taxes. / Pickering, Andrew Christopher.

Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York, 2015. p. 1-36 (University of York Department of Economics Discussion Papers in Economics).

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Pickering, AC 2015 'Inequality and the composition of taxes' University of York Department of Economics Discussion Papers in Economics, Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York, pp. 1-36. <https://ideas.repec.org/p/yor/yorken/15-04.html>

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Pickering, A. C. (2015). Inequality and the composition of taxes. (pp. 1-36). (University of York Department of Economics Discussion Papers in Economics). Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York. https://ideas.repec.org/p/yor/yorken/15-04.html

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Pickering AC. Inequality and the composition of taxes. Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York. 2015 Mar, p. 1-36. (University of York Department of Economics Discussion Papers in Economics).

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Pickering, Andrew Christopher. / Inequality and the composition of taxes. Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York, 2015. pp. 1-36 (University of York Department of Economics Discussion Papers in Economics).

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