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Insights / Podcast episodeJun 03, 2021

Pay Now or Pay Later

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Austan Goolsbee, Eric Zwick
With the rise in federal spending over the last several years, there are questions on...
Topics:  Fiscal Studies
Insights / Research BriefFeb 05, 2021

Rethinking How We Score Capital Gains Tax Reform

Capital gains tax rates have varied over the years, from well over 30 percent in the 1970s to 15 percent in the early 2000s to 20 percent today, which is roughly half the highest rate on taxable income. The reason capital gains tax rates have varied so much is because of the intense political debate surrounding their impact: Some maintain that low rates encourage entrepreneurship and capital formation, while others doubt that such benefits outweigh the equity and fiscal costs of lower rates.
Topics:  Fiscal Studies
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The Employment Share of Young Firms is Highly Cyclical

While the share of private-sector employment at young firms has declined over the last 35...
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty, Employment & Wages, Fiscal Studies, Monetary Policy
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Leadership Paradox: Political Connections, Innovation, and Firm Dynamics

As a firm starts to dominate a market, the firm changes its business strategy from...
Topics:  Employment & Wages, Fiscal Studies, Tax & Budget
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Changes in Collective Feelings at Work for Males and Females (1950 – Present)

Men and women have experienced the evolution of occupations in different ways. For women, the...
Topics:  Fiscal Studies
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U.S. Real GDP Per Capita (1900 – 2017): Current Economy vs Historical Trend Line

Per capita GDP growth has mostly returned to trend since the Great Recession, but the...
Topics:  Fiscal Studies, Monetary Policy, Technology & Innovation
Insights / Research BriefFeb 06, 2019

Dynamism Diminished: The Role of Housing Markets and Credit Conditions

The Great Recession of 2007-09 raised several issues about the relationship of housing markets to economic activity. One issue concerns the impact of housing prices on the development of new and young firms. Another involves how housing market ups and downs affect local economies.
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty, Employment & Wages, Fiscal Studies, Monetary Policy
Insights / Research BriefJul 01, 2018

The Changing (Dis-)Utility of Work

From their earliest days, children are asked what they are going to be when they grow up, not what they are going to do. Later, as they enter college or otherwise plan their careers, they are told to follow their bliss, and to do what they love—the money will follow. Even as adults contemplating a job change or advancement within a company, they are coached to pursue their passions and find meaning in their work.
Topics:  Fiscal Studies