Wednesday, 22 April 2015

So cut the basic rate of income tax?


Tax cuts stimulate employment best when they benefit the lowest paid most. Or rather as is pointed out here, the bottom 90% of taxpayers. So while I absolutely support taking the poorest out of tax altogether - indeed I would support an ambition that no-one below median income should pay income tax - a basic rate cut would be a real boost for growth and jobs;

Variation in the income distribution across U.S. states and federal tax changes generate variation in regional tax shocks that I exploit to test for heterogeneous effects. I find that the positive relationship between tax cuts and employment growth is largely driven by tax cuts for lower-income groups and that the effect of tax cuts for the top 10% on employment growth is small.

But then we knew tax cuts were a good thing didn't we?


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