Tag Archives: inequality

Close the Gender Pay Gap, Change the Way We Work

From Claudia Golden: For all the progress made on women’s rights, one measure of inequality still stands out: Females earn less than males, even in the same occupations. Closing this gender gap will require changing the way employers think about work. It’s … Continue reading

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Op-ed: Do Not Abolish the Corporate Tax

Here’s my op-ed in Wonkblog with Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato on cutting corporate taxes: “In recent decades, American workers have suffered one body blow after another.” Sowrites economist Laurence Kotlikoff, who has just the policy prescription to help those ailing workers: abolishing the corporate … Continue reading

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Weekend Readings

1. Taxation and Saving – A Retrospective from Alan Auerbach 2. All men are created unequal – the economist on Piketty’s new book 3. Dealing with the Financial Crisis and the Recession from Brad Delong 4. The return of “patrimonial capitalism”: review of … Continue reading

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Public Insurance and Mortality: Evidence from Medicaid Implementation

From Andrew Goodman-Bacon: This paper provides new evidence that Medicaid’s introduction reduced mortality rates among nonwhite infants and children in the 1960s and 1970s. Medicaid required states to cover all cash welfare recipients, which induced substantial cross-state variation in the share … Continue reading

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Making Top Managers: The Role of Elite Universities and Elite Peers

From Seth Zimmerman: This paper estimates the causal effect of elite college admission on students’ chances of reaching top management positions, and decomposes the total effect into a component attributable to ties formed between college peers and a component attributable to … Continue reading

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3 Links on Corporate Profits

1. Jim Tankersley writes on Boeing and state corporate tax breaks and profiles my job market paper with Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato on the welfare effects of cutting corporate taxes in an open economy 2. Enrico Moretti on the tech boom and … Continue reading

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Slides on Thomas Picketty’s new book on Capital

Here are slides. HT Cardiff Garcia

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Rethinking capital and wealth taxation

From Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez: This paper reviews recent developments in the theory of optimal capital taxation. We emphasize three main rationales for capital taxation. First, the frontier between capital and labor income flows is often fuzzy, thereby lending … Continue reading

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Is it too late to get an arborist into the budget negotiations?

From Austan Goolsbee: Most of us watching the looming budget showdown do so with a sense of dread. The last one left congressional approval at 9%, the president’s popularity at a new low, and consumer confidence at levels not seen … Continue reading

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On Property Taxes in New York

From an interesting NYTimes article on different plans to tax those with high incomes in New York: The idea that nonresidents should pay little or no tax has long rested both on notions of fairness, since they’re not around much … Continue reading

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