Reforming Taxation to Promote Growth and Equity
By Joseph Stiglitz | May 28, 2014
This white paper outlines policy measures that can restore equitable and sustainable economic growth in the United States, in the context of the country's recurring budgetary crises. Effective policies are within our grasp: Budgetary crises are the result of political not economic failings.
Tax reform in particular offers a path toward both resolving budgetary impasses and making the kinds of public investments that will strengthen the fundamentals of the economy. The most obvious reform is an increase in the top marginal income tax rates—this would both raise needed revenues and soften America's extreme and harmful inequality.
But there are also a variety of other effective possible reforms related to corporate taxation, the estate and inheritance tax, environmental taxes, and ensuring that the government gets full value when it sells public assets. This white paper describes the gravity of the economic situation in the United States, but also shows that there is a way out.
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