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Author:Schivardi, Fabiano 

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Tax Buyouts: Raising Government Revenues without Increasing Labor Tax Distortions

At a time of increasing fiscal pressures both here and abroad, it seems important to consider ways of raising government revenues without discouraging people from working. This post describes a revenue raising plan—a tax “buyout”—that does just that. The buyout would give you, the taxpayer, the option each year of paying a lump sum to the government in exchange for a given reduction in your marginal tax rate that year. In effect, you would use the lump sum payment to buy yourself a lower marginal tax rate, which would in turn give you more incentive to work. The buyout would be risk ...
Liberty Street Economics , Paper 20110817

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Tax buyouts

The paper studies a fiscal policy instrument that can reduce fiscal distortions, without affecting revenues, in a politically viable way. The instrument is a private contract (tax buyout), offered by the government to each individual citizen, whereby the citizen can choose to pay a fixed price up front in exchange for a given reduction in her tax rate for a prespecified period of time. We consider a dynamic overlapping-generations economy, calibrated to match several features of the U.S. income and wealth distribution, and show that, under simple pricing, the introduction of the buyout is ...
Staff Reports , Paper 467

Discussion Paper
Tax buyouts: raising government revenue without distorting work decisions

Economic Policy Paper , Paper 10-4

Conference Paper
Do mergers improve information? evidence from the loan market

We examine the informational effects of M&As by investigating whether bank mergers improve banks? abilities to screen their borrowers. By exploiting a dataset in which we observe a measure of a borrower?s default risk which the lenders observe only imperfectly, we find evidence of these informational improvements. Mergers lead to a closer correspondence between the default risk of each borrower and the interest rate on its loan: after a merger, risky borrowers experience an increase in the interest rate, while non-risky borrowers enjoy lower interest rates. This finding is robust with respect ...
Proceedings , Paper 942

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Tax buyouts

The paper studies a fiscal policy instrument that can reduce fiscal distortions without affecting revenues, in a politically viable way. The instrument is a private contract (tax buyout), offered by the government to each citizen, whereby the citizen can choose to pay a fixed price in exchange for a given reduction in her tax rate for a period of time. We introduce the tax buyout in a dynamic overlapping generations economy, calibrated to match several features of the US income, taxes and wealth distribution. Under simple pricing, the introduction of the buyout is revenue neutral but, by ...
Staff Report , Paper 441

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