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The economic case for corporate tax rate reduction is not based on how companies “use” their tax savings, but rather how companies change their behavior and how those changes affect the economy. If supporters of the tax cut don’t remember that, who will?

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New research on inequality shows that previous work suffers from serious measurement issues. Moreover, income may be the wrong measure to evaluate inequality.

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Republicans had achieved a legislative accomplishment with their tax bill last month, but the new law does not address many of the U.S. tax code’s negative features and it even introduces new imperfections. Here are eight suggestions for tax reform in 2018.

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Open Skies agreements are the gold standard for a consumer-friendly and competitive international aviation market that take governments out of our skies and let the marketplace and competition choose winners and losers.

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Democrats have problem. Not only did they argue that Trump was unfit for office because of his miserable character, they also argued his incompetence would ruin America. But Trump hasn’t nuked Pyongyang nor disbanded NATO. And the economy is motoring right along.

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The current tax code’s income-based phase-outs violate basic principles of tax transparency by triggering hidden increases in taxpayers’ marginal tax rates. The tax reform conference should seize this historic opportunity to remove these stealth rate hikes from the tax code.

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Despite the ubiquity of local economic development policies, earlier research expresses skepticism about the ability of governments to perceive and target true local externalities. Our work sharpens this argument by demonstrating that even if governments are capable of identifying and targeting true externalities, government intervention may crowd out private mechanisms aimed at the same goal.

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We develop a model to analyze the effects of business tax reform on investment, gross domestic product and wages. Our model predicts modest but non-negligible impacts from the proposed business tax legislation.

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If Republicans get rid of the alternative minimum tax for corporations, but not for individuals, that will send a clear message to American voters about where the GOP’s interests lie.

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America’s exceptionalism shouldn’t preclude it from drawing on experiences of other countries, particularly those with similar ideas, institutions, and values. Fiscal policy is a case in point.

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