Mercatus Center

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.

The Internet, Sales Taxes, and Tax Competition

Veronique de Rugy and Adam Thierer
October 11, 2011

With most state lawmakers facing large budget deficits, they have become more aggressive about collecting online sales taxes.

Limiting Social Security’s Drag on Economic Growth: Program Reforms to Facilitate Labor and Savings Formation

Charles Blahous and Jason J. Fichtner
November 1, 2012

Despite the lack of action, most policymakers understand the urgency of the federal entitlement crisis, and specifically, of the need to reform the largest entitlements—Medicare, Social Security an

A Trillion Little Subsidies: The Economic Impact of Tax Expenditures in the Federal Income Tax Code

Jeremy Horpedahl
October 24, 2012

This study documents the economic distortions and inefficiencies that result from a tax system filled with tax expenditures.

Why the United States Needs to Restructure the Corporate Income Tax

Jason Fichtner and Nick Tuszynski
November 1, 2011

To increase employment and expand their economies, most developed countries are both reducing their corporate tax rates and restructuring their corporate tax systems.

Regulation: A Primer (Second Edition)

Susan Dudley, Jerry Brito
August 14, 2012

Susan E. Dudley is director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and a research professor in GW’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

The Fiscal Consequences of the Affordable Care Act

Charles Blahous
April 10, 2012

In this paper from Mercatus, the center examinea PPACA.

The Internet, Sales Tax, & Tax Competition

Veronique de Rugy, Adam Thierer
October 11, 2011

With most state lawmakers facing large budget deficits, they have become more aggressive about collecting online sales taxes.

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