Download PDF by Martin Feldstein: American Economic Policy in the 1980s (National Bureau of

By Martin Feldstein

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ISBN-13: 9780226240930

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Destined to develop into the normal consultant to the commercial coverage of the U.S. in the course of the Reagan period, this publication offers an authoritative list of the industrial reforms of the 1980s.In his creation, Martin Feldstein offers compelling research of rules with which he was once heavily concerned as chairman of the Council of financial Advisers through the Reagan management: financial and alternate cost coverage, tax coverage, and funds matters. different top economists and policymakers learn a number of household and foreign matters, together with financial and alternate fee coverage, legislation and antitrust, in addition to exchange, tax, and funds policies.The members to this quantity are Alberto Alesina, Phillip Areeda, Elizabeth Bailey, William F. Baxter, C. Fred Bergsten, James Burnley, Geoffrey Carliner, Christopher DeMuth, Douglas W. Elmendorf, Thomas O. Enders, Martin Feldstein, Jeffrey A. Frankel, Don Fullerton, William M. Isaac, Paul L Joskow, Paul Krugman, Robert E. Litan, Russell B. lengthy, Michael Mussa, William A. Niskanen, Roger G. Noll, Lionel H. Olmer, Rudolph Penner, William Poole, James M. Poterba, Harry M. Reasoner, William R. Rhodes, J. David Richardson, Charles Schultze, Paula Stern, David Stockman, William Taylor, James Tobin, W. Kip Viscusi, Paul A. Volcker, Charles E. Walker, David A. clever, and Richard G. Woodbury.

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5 percent of GDP. Nevertheless, for many conservatives, the attempt to s h r i n k government spending had failed. This hardened their opposition to tax increases to deal with the budget deficit. But, within the increased total outlays, there had been a dramatic and unprecedented reduction in domestic spending. But, because many conservatives refused to recognize their own political success, they were not prepared to adjust the revenue side of the budget to shrink the deficit. Before looking at the budget deficit debates in more detail, I will examine the impact of economists on the character of the spending changes that did occur.

To balance this, the administration and Congress agreed to increase corporate tax revenue by $25 billion a year. This was achieved despite a reduction of the corporate tax rate from 46 percent to 34 percent by lengthening depreciation lives and eliminating the investment tax credit. The revenue estimators conveniently chose not to take the increased corporate tax revenue into account in calculating the effect of the overall reform on the taxes paid at each income level. This produced the politically convenient result of an apparent tax cut for each income class despite the aggregate estimate that the tax reform as a whole was revenue neutral.

That procedure is followed by the Congressional Budget Office in many of their analytic comparisons. A further reason for excluding deposit insurance outlays is that some of those outlays are for the purchase of assets that will later be sold (see Feldstein 1989b). 0 percent of GDP. 5 percent of GDP. Nevertheless, for many conservatives, the attempt to s h r i n k government spending had failed. This hardened their opposition to tax increases to deal with the budget deficit. But, within the increased total outlays, there had been a dramatic and unprecedented reduction in domestic spending.

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