5 years of 'On the Margin'

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On September 8, 2008, Tax Notes published the inaugural issue of the On the Margin column. Since the column's introduction, 35 articles, covering 279 Tax Notes pages (more than 200,000 words), have appeared. All of the articles are available at http://www.aei.org/onthemargin. Sixteen individuals have authored or coauthored articles. Because the American Enterprise Institute takes no policy positions as an institution, the views expressed in each article are solely those of the individual authors. As a result, articles have occasionally disagreed with each other, as noted below. All the articles, however, have sought to promote sound tax policy while paying close attention to the effects of taxes on incentives and the operation of the market.

The column's five-year anniversary offers an opportunity to look back at the articles and provide updates on related policy developments. Policymakers have disregarded the advice offered in many of the articles. They have acted in accord with the advice offered in some articles, although we obviously disclaim any causal relationship. Other articles have not offered specific recommendations. But every article has contributed to the tax policy debate.

Viard: 5 years of On the Margin.

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For a complete listing of all On the Margin articles, please visit: www.aei.org/onthemargin/.

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Alan D.
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  • Alan D. Viard is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies federal tax and budget policy.

    Prior to joining AEI, Viard was a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and an assistant professor of economics at Ohio State University. He has also been a visiting scholar at the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Tax Analysis, a senior economist at the White House's Council of Economic Advisers, and a staff economist at the Joint Committee on Taxation of the US Congress. While at AEI, Viard has also taught public finance at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute. Earlier in his career, Viard spent time in Japan as a visiting scholar at Osaka University’s Institute of Social and Economic Research.

    A prolific writer, Viard is a frequent contributor to AEI’s “On the Margin” column in Tax Notes and was nominated for Tax Notes’s 2009 Tax Person of the Year. He has also testified before Congress, and his work has been featured in a wide range of publications, including Room for Debate in The New York Times, TheAtlantic.com, Bloomberg, NPR’s Planet Money, and The Hill. Viard is the coauthor of “Progressive Consumption Taxation: The X Tax Revisited” (2012) and “The Real Tax Burden: Beyond Dollars and Cents” (2011), and the editor of “Tax Policy Lessons from the 2000s” (2009).

    Viard received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.A. in economics from Yale University. He also completed the first year of the J.D. program at the University of Chicago Law School, where he qualified for law review and was awarded the Joseph Henry Beale prize for legal research and writing.
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