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Does it pay to work?
Does it pay to work? This is a tough question because of the complexity of the tax code and the plethora of dynamic linkages involved: 1) Earning more today typically alters current saving and, therefore, future capital income taxes. 2) Earning more today generally alters future consumption and, therefore, future consumption taxes. 3) Changing future levels of income and assets changes the eligibility for and levels received of income- and asset-tested transfer benefits. 4) The most important transfer program, Social Security, explicitly links future transfer payments to current earnings. 5) ...