pro·​gres·​siv·​i·​ty | \ ˌprō-(ˌ)gre-ˈsi-və-tē How to pronounce progressivity (audio) \

Definition of progressivity

: the quality or state of being a progressive tax

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Recent Examples on the Web To roll back this loss of progressivity, the economists propose steep increases in the corporate tax and the individual income tax for the wealthiest households, along with a new annual wealth tax for those with a net worth of more than $50 million. Washington Post, "Punitive taxes on U.S. billionaires will just hurt the rest of us," 17 Oct. 2019 This is what turns very mild decline in progressivity into rapid drop. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Income Inequality Has Soared While Taxes Have Become Dramatically Less Progressive . . . or Not," 18 Oct. 2019 That last proposal regarding progressivity is the most important. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trickle-down theory is a monstrous lie intended to justify the rich getting richer," 20 Aug. 2019 Sending checks to rich people makes the program less efficient economically, but serves the political purpose of disguising its progressivity. Ramesh Ponnuru, The Denver Post, "Ponnuru: A Democrat’s brave but dumb idea to save Social Security," 29 July 2019 The progressivity of the U.S. tax code distorts incentives. Jesús Fernández-villaverde And Lee E. Ohanian, WSJ, "How Sweden Overcame Socialism," 9 Jan. 2019 So indexing capital gains would reduce the progressivity of the income tax. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, "Index Capital Gains, but Not Without Congress’s Consent," 1 Aug. 2018 Continental Europe meanwhile saw a lesser decline in its tax progressivity, while wage inequality was also moderated by educational and wage-setting policies that were relatively more favorable to low and middle-income groups. Emily Stewart, Vox, "One chart that shows how much worse income inequality is in America than Europe," 29 July 2018 And beyond a certain point, progressivity conflicts with efficiency. The Economist, "Fishing for fundsWanted: radical proposals to fill Britain’s giant fiscal hole," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of progressivity

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Progressivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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