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Author:Altig, David E. 

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Federal credit and insurance programs: beyond the deficit diversion

An examination of the budgetary and economic effects of federal credit and insurance programs, highlighting the problems inherent in making federal budget deficits the centerpiece of fiscal decisionmaking.
Economic Commentary , Issue Nov

Working Paper
The efficiency and welfare effects of tax reform: are fewer tax brackets better than more?

Using the well-known dynamic fiscal policy framework pioneered by Auerbach and Kotlikoff, we examine the efficiency and welfare implications of shifting from a linear marginal tax rate structure to a discrete rate structure characterized by two regions of flat tax rates of 15 and 28 percent. For a wide range of parameter values, we find that there is no sequence of lump-sum transfers that the (model) government can feasibly implement to make the shift from the linear to the discrete structure Pareto-improving. We conclude that the worldwide trend toward replacing rate structures having many ...
Working Papers (Old Series) , Paper 9212

Journal Article
A simple proposal for privatizing Social Security

An argument that shifting to a privatized, funded and contribution-based Social Security system could provide undiminished benefits to current retirees while simultaneously preserving the promise of a secure retirement for today's workers and their descendants.
Economic Commentary , Issue May

Working Paper
An Interview with Neil Wallace

A few years ago we sat down with Neil Wallace and had two lengthy, free-ranging conversations about his career and, generally speaking, his views on economics. What follows is a distillation of these conversations.
Working Paper Series , Paper WP-2013-25

Working Paper
Sources of business cycles in Korea and the United States

The authors estimate common and nation-specific components of technology shocks, real demand shocks, and combined (common and nation-specific) monetary shocks using quarterly data for Korea and the United States.
Working Papers (Old Series) , Paper 9820

Journal Article
Is China's economy losing its luster?

EconSouth , Volume 9 , Issue 4

Journal Article
Growth and the internet: surfing to prosperity?

Do countries that inhibit the quick integration of new technologies pay a price in slower economic growth? This commentary suggests they do. Focusing on the level of Internet use to indicate the absorption rate of emerging computer technologies, the authors argue that faster technology absorption leads to increased economic growth.
Economic Commentary , Issue Sep

Discussion Paper
The efficiency and welfare effects of tax reform: are fewer tax brackets better than more?

Using the well-known dynamic fiscal policy framework pioneered by Auerbach and Kotlikoff, we examine the efficiency and welfare implications of shifting from a linear marginal tax rate structure to a discrete rate structure characterized by two regions of flat tax rates of 15 and 28 percent. For a wide range of parameter values, we find that there is no sequence of lump-sum transfers that the (model) government can feasibly implement to make the shift from the linear to the discrete structure Pareto-improving. We conclude that the worldwide trend toward replacing rate structures having many ...
Discussion Paper / Institute for Empirical Macroeconomics , Paper 78

Conference Paper
Inflation, personal taxes, and real output: a dynamic analysis

Proceedings

Journal Article
The efficiency and welfare effects of tax reform: are fewer tax brackets better than more?

A comparison of a simple two-bracket income tax code with an approximation to traditional structures that entail steeply rising marginal tax rates, showing that the simpler rate structures are not necessarily more efficient than alternatives with many, highly progressive brackets.
Economic Review , Volume 30 , Issue Q IV , Pages 30-42

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