Distribution of Income · Distribution of Wealth · Government Policies

Horizontal and vertical equity

Horizontal equity – implies that we give the same treatment to people in an identical situation. It makes sure we don’t have discrimination on the grounds such as race / gender / different types of work.

Example – if two people earn £15,000 they should both pay the same amount of income tax.


Vertical equity – Implies that people with higher incomes should pay more tax. This means that it wants to tax in a proportional or progressive way – People with more ability to pay should pay more tax. Therefore its important in the redistribution of income.


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