AEI Economic Perspectives

Economic Perspectives
The AEI Economic Perspectives series complements the AEI Economic Studies series by providing concise analysis of economic developments and by offering suggestions for policy alterations from the scholars in AEI's economic policy department. Issues covered by the perspectives include tax policy, retirement issues, international economics, and the labor market.

May 2013: The tax treatment of the family
Aspen Gorry and Sita Nataraj Slavov

Taxing people as individuals would remove some of the important disparities between married couples and unmarried partners. While many other industrialized countries have individual-based income tax systems, the US system is family-based. Family-based tax systems create a number of difficulties that both reduce prosperity and create inequality across households and individuals.

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December 2012: Financing entitlements and promoting work: Does policy encourage early retirement?
Aspen Gorry and Sita Nataraj Slavov

Policymakers concerned with the sustainability of entitlement programs frequently express interest in lengthening working lives. To achieve economic efficiency, government policy should be neutral with respect to retirement age—that is, retirement decisions should be based on productivity and preferences for leisure, rather than on taxes and government benefits.

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November 2012: Lessons from the euro crisis for the United States
Desmond Lachman

As the European economy slides ever deeper into recession, it is time for the United States to draw cautionary lessons from Europe's painful budget adjustment experience, especially as the dismal state of America's public finances now bears an uncomfortably striking resemblance to that of some of Europe's more troubled economies.

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Monday, October 27, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
State income taxes and the Supreme Court: Maryland Comptroller v. Wynne

Please join AEI for a panel discussion exploring these and other questions about this crucial case.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For richer, for poorer: How family structures economic success in America

Join Lerman, Wilcox, and a group of distinguished scholars and commentators for the release of Lerman and Wilcox’s report, which examines the relationships among and policy implications of marriage, family structure, and economic success in America.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The 7 deadly virtues: 18 conservative writers on why the virtuous life is funny as hell

Please join AEI for a book forum moderated by Last and featuring five of these leading conservative voices. By the time the forum is over, attendees may be on their way to discovering an entirely different — and better — moral universe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A nuclear deal with Iran? Weighing the possibilities

Join us, as experts discuss their predictions for whether the United States will strike a nuclear deal with Iran ahead of the November 24 deadline, and the repercussions of the possible outcomes.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
The forgotten depression — 1921: The crash that cured itself

Please join Author James Grant and AEI senior economists for a discussion about Grant's book, "The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself" (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

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