Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Can a Research and Development Tax Credit be Properly Designed for Economic Efficiency?

Losses owing to rent-seeking and policy uncertainty undermine the R&D tax credit...

Cost of Police Misconduct Soars in Big U.S. Cities

Data shows rising payouts for police-misconduct settlements and court judgments...

Political Incentives Harm Transportation Funding

Political agendas for transportation funding are leading to dangerous inefficiencies...

The Success of SNAP (Food Stamps) and the Desirability of Taxing Food

The non-taxability of SNAP benefits reduces the regressivity of the sales tax in states that tax food...

Uncertainty and the Geography of the Great Recession

Researchers find evidence for a causal role for uncertainty in increasing unemployment...

Nominal Income and Real Income Vary By State

What is the real value of $100 in each state?...

The Effect of Succession Taxes on the Family Business

Succession taxes lead to a more than 40 percent decline in investment around family succession…

Highway Trust Fund Basics: A Primer on Federal Surface Transportation Spending

The Highway Trust Fund is nearly insolvent...

Raising the Estate Tax Lowers Aggregate Capital and Output

Increasing the estate tax has an economic cost...

An Effective Way for States to End the Federal Income Tax

Texas could effectively end the federal income tax by using two surprisingly simple and straightforward legislative maneuvers...CATO INSTITUTE


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