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Inverting the Competition: TCF Fellow Ed Kleinbard Reveals the Real Reason Why American Companies Are Selling Out

August 20, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Michael Cassidy TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Creating Tax Fairness

A tax loophole is allowing American companies to avoid paying billions of dollars in corporate taxes. TCF policy associate Mike Cassidy explains TCF fellow Ed Kleinbard’s simple plan to end inversions and bring that tax revenue back home.

Tags: inversions, ed kleinbard, corporate taxes, corporate tax envasions

Tax Burden in U.S. Not as Heavy as It Looks, Report Says

TCF fellow, Edward D. Kleinbard has been quoted in an article on the New York Times about corporate tax in the U.S.

For years, chief executives have complained bitterly about the United States corporate tax code, arguing that it is too complicated and that rates are too high. The issue has reached a near boiling point this summer as many large American companies have sought to buy smaller foreign rivals so they can renounce their United States corporate citizenship and reincorporate overseas to lower their tax bills. Others are considering the move, known as an inversion.

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Tags: tax reform, tax inversions, corporate taxes, corporate tax

Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World

By Jeff Madrick

TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Economic Policy

The author of the widely praised Age of Greed now gives us a bold indictment of some of our most accepted economic theories—why they're wrong, the harm they've done, and the theories that would vastly improve on them.

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Jesus Was a Keynesian

August 14, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Michael Cassidy TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Economic Policy

We can’t literally turn five loaves and two fishes into food for thousands. But thanks to fiscal multipliers, we can turn $100 of spending on food stamps into $180 in economic activity. TCF policy associate Mike Cassidy explains how.

Tags: stimulus act, loaves and fishes, keynesian economics, fiscal stimulus, fiscal multipliers, economic theory explainer

Wanted: A More Aggressive MTA, Part 1

Are shopping malls the solution to the MTA’s financial woes? TCF policy associate Jacob Anbinder says that developing the areas around some of the system’s least-used stations could help to offset some of MTA’s operating deficits.

Tags: subway development, new york city, mta, more aggressive mta, infrastructure, grand central station

Yes, immigration does help domestic workers

August 12, 2014 BY: Mark Thoma TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality

TCF fellow, Mark Thoma argues that immigration helps domestic economies, in an articles for CBS News.

The contentious debate over immigration in both the U.S. and Europe is largely based on the worry that immigration hurts domestic workers, particularly low-skilled workers. But is this actually true? Could this concern over immigration be misplaced? Could it be that immigrants actually help native workers?

New research on this topic suggests that they do help. In particular, a recent paper by noted immigration researcher Giovanni Peri and his co-authors Michele Battisti, Gabriel Felbermayr and Panu Poutvaara finds that "both high-skilled and low-skilled natives would benefit from a small increase in immigration from current levels."

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Tags: workers, immigration, domestic workers


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