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Articles by Alan D. Viard

Fixing the Child Care Penalty Saturday, July 12, 2014
The current tax code denies families appropriate tax relief for work-related child care expenses. A new Senate bill would help correct this problem.
When Setting Tax Policy, Don’t Forget About Long-Run Growth Friday, April 11, 2014
Neither party will always welcome estimates of how their proposals affect long-run growth. But the American people should welcome the prospect of their elected ...
The Myth of the Limits on Itemized Deductions Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Media misinformation is the real threat to charitable giving. For better or worse, the fiscal cliff deal doesn’t actually cap any itemized deductions.
Obama’s Good Tax Proposal Tuesday, October 18, 2011
One White House proposal deserves to be considered by policy makers in both parties who are looking for ways to improve the tax code.
The Myth of a Return to Clinton-era Taxes Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The claim that the president’s plan would only take the top tax rates back to Clinton levels isn’t quite right. Here’s why.
The Cap-and-Trade Giveaway Friday, June 26, 2009
A cap-and-trade system with freely allocated permits is equivalent to a carbon tax in which the tax revenue is given to stockholders.
Keynes at the Border? Wednesday, April 15, 2009
A common fallacy holds that imposing taxes on imports and rebating taxes on exports would stimulate the economy.
What Should We Expect from Fiscal Stimulus? Tuesday, February 10, 2009
There is still much that we do not know about the proper design of fiscal stimulus.
A Free-Market Outpost in the Midwest Thursday, May 17, 2007
A new book details the influential economists at the University of Chicago.