pro·​gres·​siv·​i·​ty | \ ˌprō-(ˌ)gre-ˈsi-və-tē \

Definition of progressivity

: the quality or state of being a progressive tax

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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 The second source of opposition grew out of a broader animus to the notion of progressivity itself. Julian E. Zelizer, The Atlantic, "How America's Vision of Progressive Tax Reform Died," 28 Sep. 2017 But that progressivity holds true only for direct taxes on personal and corporate income. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Europe’s Taxes Aren’t as Progressive as Its Leaders Like to Think," 3 Aug. 2017 To the extent that our society values progressivity in its tax code — and mobility on its socioeconomic ladder — this policy makes no sense. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The GOP Tax Plan Takes From Orphans, Gives to Trust-Fund Kids," 2 Nov. 2017 The plan indicates Republicans would not change the progressivity of the current code, meaning that the rich would not get bigger cuts than the middle class and lower-income Americans. Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic, "The Republicans' Tax Blueprint Declines to Answer Some Hard Questions," 27 Sep. 2017

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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