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The Last Best Hope For Progressivity in Tax

Written by: Edward J. McCaffery and James R. Hines Jr. 1. Introduction Pity President Obama. Pity tax. Pity the dreams of progressives everywhere. Barack Obama’s...

Is There a Gender Gap in Fiscal Political Preferences?

Written by: R. Michael Alvarez and Edward J. McCaffery Abstract This paper examines the relationship between attitudes on potential uses of the budget surplus and...

Heuristics and Biases in Thinking About Tax

Written by: Edward J. McCaffery(#) and Jonathan Baron (t) Abstract The principal findings of behavioral economics and cognitive psychology over the past several decades have...

Good Hybrids/Bad Hybrids

In the second article I published as an academic, in 1992, “Tax Policy Under Hybrid Income – Consumption Tax,” I wrote that: the tax policy literature...

Behavioral Economics and Fundamental Tax Reform

I. Introduction I come not to praise behavioral economics and its relation to fundamental tax reform, but to bury it. To be more precise, I...

The Humpty Dumpty Blues: Disaggregation Bias in the Evaluation of Tax Systems

Written by: Edward J. McCaffery and Jonathan Baron Abstract Three experiments carried out on the World Wide Web assessed the consistency of attitudes toward various...

The Missing Links in Tax Reform

A funny thing happened on the way to fundamental tax reform: Nothing. Just a few short years ago, it looked as if we might have...

A New Understanding of Tax

Written by: Edward J. McCaffery I. INTRODUCTION A. Loomings Perhaps we should blame it all on Mill. A great deal and possibly all of the...

Where’s the Sex in Fiscal Sociology? Taxation and Gender in Comparative Perspective

1. Introduction: Beyond War Getting “sex” into the title of a chapter in book on a subject as daunting as “fiscal sociology” makes obvious marketing...

The Uneasy Case for Capital Taxation

I. INTRODUCTION I write not to praise all tax-reductions but to bury one particular set of taxes. Over a decade ago I began writing on...
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