inheritence vs. equal opportunities
startequal aims to shed light on the relation between inheritence and equal opportunities in life. It promotes the idea that an abolition of inheritance or a high inheritence tax rate regime is a precondition for (more) equal opportunities. The platform provides analysis and a repository of articles to contribute to the debate of how to counter the rising inequalities levels from a social-liberal perspective.
Analysis & Proposals
Find our own analysis and policy proposals for a more liberal and just inheritance legislation below.
From shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.Wealth never survives three generations.The father buys, the son builds, the grandchild sells. The above are all variations of a persistent and widespread belief
The key concept of social-liberalism is equality of opportunity. It rests on the insight that true liberty can only be achieved through fairness: How can I be called free if
Can we defend inheritance taxes against majority opinion? This article claims we can, by relying on constitutional rights protecting human dignity, liberty and equality. Abolishing inheritance due to its adverse effect on equality of opportunity may thus be the next evolutionary step of our liberal democracies.
Background on Inheritance
Find a curated selection of media and science articles on issues around inheritance, wealth and income inequality, taxation, family business sucession, and more below
The authors of this study have evaluated 3573 arguments within the German and Austrian public discourse on inheritance tax. First clear result: he public opinion goes against inheritance taxes. This doesn’t
The article explores possible justifications for 100 percent inheritance tax. It’s based on the belief that equality of opportunity is not only a social but also a deeply liberal idea.
The authors discuss how a 100% inheritance tax regime may be highly contentious but morally justified. The proceeds could go into a general fund from which something like a universal
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