Posts Tagged ‘taxation’

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    An Optional Income Tax

    May 18, 11 • 216 Views • Economic Debates, Government, Households, Innovation, Macroeconomic MeasurementNo Comments

    What if you could decide whether to pay an income tax? Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff has a plan that gives us a choice. His basic message, though, is that Congress had better start to think creatively because our current system is

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    Grade Redistribution

    May 7, 11 • 207 Views • Behavioral Economics, Economic Debates, Government, Macroeconomic Measurement, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    In this video, college students approve of proposals to “tax the rich.” However, when asked if those in the top 10% of GPAs should have their grades redistributed, they emphatically say, “No.” But, is income redistribution really that

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    Mankiw and Colbert

    Oct 29, 10 • 186 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, GovernmentNo Comments

    For some smiles and econ also, the following links are fun. It all began with Harvard’s N. Gregory Mankiw’s NY Times op-ed column on higher tax rates. Explaining, he said that $1000 wisely invested, with no taxes, became $10,000 in 30 years. By

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    Debating the Inheritance Tax

    Jun 12, 10 • 201 Views • Economic History, GovernmentNo Comments

    Death usually means some money for Uncle Sam and the rest for the real relatives (and unrelated heirs). As a result, when John D. Rockefeller died in 1937, his heirs received 30% of his fortune and the U.S. government got the rest. During March, 2010,

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    Taxing Decisions

    Apr 10, 10 • 178 Views • GovernmentNo Comments

    Some people believe that government spends more when it has an affluent population to pay for it.  In a recent NY Times column, David Leonhardt presents a slightly different perspective. Instead, he says that because we are a more affluent society,