Found 463 article(s) for author 'Monetary Policy'

Tax Reform, Round One

Tax Reform, Round One. Mihir Desai, May-June 2018, Opinion, “The Trump Administration’s successful efforts at tax legislation stand out as the primary achievement of its first year. But the hurried, largely furtive drafting, and rush to passage at the end of 2017, have helped obscure the new tax regime’s real impact. Much of the reporting and debate has focused on the politicking that went into passing the bill, and the purported effect on the federal budget deficit.Link

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The boom in Puerto Rican debt has nothing to do with reality

The boom in Puerto Rican debt has nothing to do with reality. Lawrence Summers, April 17, 2018, Opinion, “Desmond Lachman, Brad Setser and Antonio Weiss have written a very strong analysis of the Puerto Rico situation. If ever there was a disconnect between underlying reality and what is happening in financial markets, it is the boom in Puerto Rican debt that has nearly doubled the value of some of its debt securities during the past few months.” Link

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Taxes for health: evidence clears the air

Taxes for health: evidence clears the air. Lawrence Summers, April 5, 2018, Opinion, “Although this argument may look appealing, clear thinking combined with good evidence reveals its many fallacies. An ethical judgment about taxing harmful products cannot rely on the question of tax regressivity alone. Rather, it requires consideration of all the effects, including the associated health…Link

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The Welfare Consequences of Taxing Carbon

The Welfare Consequences of Taxing Carbon. Dale Jorgenson, 2018, Paper, “We find CO2 emissions abatement to be invariant to the chosen recycling scheme. This means that policy makers need not compromise their environmental objectives when designing carbon tax swap options. We also find additional emissions reductions beyond the scope of coverage and points of taxation.Link

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A decade from now, bitcoin is more likely to be $100 than $100,000

A decade from now, bitcoin is more likely to be $100 than $100,000. Kenneth Rogoff, March 5, 2018, Video, “The likelihood of bitcoin prices falling to $100 is greater than that of the digital currency trading at $100,000 a decade from now, Harvard University professor and economist Kenneth Rogoff said on Tuesday. “I think bitcoin will be worth a tiny fraction of what it is now if we’re headed out 10 years from now … I would see $100 as being a lot more likely than $100,000 ten years from now,” Rogoff told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”“” Link

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Reagan’s Cure for America’s Debt Disease

Reagan’s Cure for America’s Debt Disease. Martin Feldstein, March 5, 2018, Opinion, “The federal government’s most urgent domestic challenge is the exploding debt and deficit. America’s debt nearly doubled during the Obama years, reaching 76% of gross domestic product in 2017. If nothing is done it will surpass 100% of GDP within a decade. The U.S. will then have one of the highest debt ratios in the industrial world—topped only by countries like Greece, Italy and Japan.Link

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The macroeconomic effects of the 2017 tax reform

The macroeconomic effects of the 2017 tax reform. Robert Barro, Jason Furman, March 4, 2018, Paper, “In December 2017, Congress enacted the most sweeping set of tax changes in a generation, lowering statutory tax rates for individuals and businesses and altering the tax base—in some cases to remove distortionary tax preferences and in some cases to create new ones. The law generated substantial debate on many issues, notably about its long-term impact on the capital-labor ratio, GDP per worker, real wages and, in the transition to the new steady state, economic growth. One of us (Robert) joined a group of economists (Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2017) to argue that the corporate-tax part of the tax reform would have substantially positive long-term effects in all of these dimensions. Another of us (Jason) was a consistent critic of the law.Link

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