Mercatus Center

Taxing Sin

Richard Williams and Katelyn Christ
July 1, 2009

Sin taxes in modern economic terms amount to excise, or per unit, taxes that are chiefly designed to reduce specific behaviors thought to be harmful to society. Sin taxes have played roles of

Reclaiming Federal Spectrum: Proposals and Recommendations

Brent Skorup
May 28, 2013

The consumer demand in recent years for mobile broadband services—such as streaming Netflix, voice-over Internet Protocol, and Facebook use—is unprecedented and strains the current capacity of wire

Sin Taxes: Size, Growth, and Creation of the Sindustry

Adam J. Hoffer, William F. Shughart II , Michael D. Thomas
May 5, 2013

Revenue shortfalls associated with the Great Recession and the corresponding slow recovery have hindered the ability of US state governments to balance their budgets.

The Consumer Protection Financial Bureau: Savior or Menace?

Todd Zywicki
October 1, 2012

One of the centerpieces of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation was the creation of a new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of the Federal Reserve.

Are Government Spending Multipliers Greater During Periods of Slack?

Michael T. Owyang Valerie A. Ramey and Sarah Zubairy
January 2, 2013

According to Keynesian economic theory, many recessions have little or nothing to do with underlying (structural) economic problems. Instead, recessions are the result of a crisis in confidence.

State Income Migration and Border Tax Burdens

Jacob M. Feldman
March 15, 2012

Citizens are departing high tax US states for low tax rates. These effects are particularly strong among bordering states.

Consumer Welfare and TV Program Regulation

Bruce M. Owen
May 24, 2012

Getting rid of obsolete regulation of the broadcast and distribution of video programming is essential to the efficient operation of a market that has the potential to greatly increase the benefits

Deposit Insurance Is Not Free

William J. Luther and Thomas L. Hogan
December 12, 2012

Government-provided deposit insurance is not free. The reason is straightforward: Government-provided deposit insurance in practice differs significantly from that proposed in theory.

Reducing Debt and Other Measures for Improving U.S. Competitiveness

Jason J. Fichtner and Jakina R. Debnam
November 13, 2012

The United States is at a tipping point: the gross national debt is over $16 trillion, equal to or exceeding the gross national product; unemployment is high; and job creation is low.

What Went Wrong With the Bush Tax Cuts

Matthew Mitchell and Andrea Castillo
November 28, 2012

Critics of the Bush tax cuts often dismiss the tax changes as a failed experiment in free-market economics.

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