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Pathways to Fiscal Reform in the United States

John W. Diamond and George R. Zodrow


The severe fiscal problems that the United States faces have been the focus of much attention in recent years, and several groups have proposed ambitious plans for fiscal reforms that would address the deficit and debt problems facing the nation through various combinations of expenditure reductions and revenue-increasing tax reforms. The chapters in this book examine the pathways that tax and expenditure reform might take if the fiscal problems in the United States are to be successfully addressed. They focus on (1) reforms of entitlement programs, especially the fiscal problems caused by inc ... More

Keywords: fiscal sustainability, expenditure reform, individual tax reform, corporate tax reform, financing national debt, health care reform, Social Security reform, states and local fiscal policies

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262028301
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John W. Diamond, editor
Rice University

George R. Zodrow, editor
Rice University

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1 Directions for Fiscal Reform in the United States

John W. Diamond and George R. Zodrow

I Expenditure Programs

II Budgetary Issues and Processes

4 Federal Budget Reform

Shanna Rose and Daniel L. Smith

III Individual and Corporate Income Tax Reform

6 Curbing Tax Expenditures

Daniel Baneman, Joseph Rosenberg, Eric Toder, and Roberton Williams

8 The Dynamic Economic Effects of a U.S. Corporate Income Tax Rate Reduction

John W. Diamond, George R. Zodrow, Thomas S. Neubig, and Robert J. Carroll

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