Edward J. McCaffery

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law and Political Science

699 Exposition Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90089

United States

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Scholarly Papers (59)

1.

The Death of the Income Tax (or, the Rise of America's Universal Wage Tax)

Forthcoming, 95 Indiana Law Journal, USC CLASS Research Paper No. CLASS18-25, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 18-26
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 31 Aug 2018 Last Revised: 10 Apr 2019
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Toward an Agenda for Behavioral Public Finance

Number of pages: 29 Posted: 13 Sep 2004
Edward J. McCaffery and Joel B. Slemrod
University of Southern California Gould School of Law and University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Downloads 1,156 (25,373)
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Thinking About Tax

Number of pages: 40 Posted: 23 Jul 2004
Edward J. McCaffery and Jonathan Baron
University of Southern California Gould School of Law and University of Pennsylvania - Department of Psychology
Downloads 1,057 (28,859)
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Behavioral Public Finance (PDF of Powerpoint Slide Presentation)

USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 08-17, USC CLEO Research Paper No. C08-13
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 30 Jul 2008
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Heuristics and Biases in Thinking About Tax

Number of pages: 28 Posted: 12 Nov 2003
Edward J. McCaffery and Jonathan Baron
University of Southern California Gould School of Law and University of Pennsylvania - Department of Psychology
Downloads 853 (39,064)
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6.

Taxing Wealth Seriously

USC CLASS Research Paper No. 16-9, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 16-10
Number of pages: 97 Posted: 29 Feb 2016 Last Revised: 02 Nov 2016
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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A New Understanding of Tax

Number of pages: 133 Posted: 19 Apr 2005
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Framing and Taxation: Evaluation of Tax Policies Involving Household Composition

Number of pages: 51 Posted: 17 Jun 2003
Edward J. McCaffery and Jonathan Baron
University of Southern California Gould School of Law and University of Pennsylvania - Department of Psychology
Downloads 657 (55,392)
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The Political Psychology of Redistribution

Number of pages: 64 Posted: 30 Mar 2005
Edward J. McCaffery and Jonathan Baron
University of Southern California Gould School of Law and University of Pennsylvania - Department of Psychology
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Where's the Sex in Fiscal Sociology? Taxation and Gender in Comparative Perspective

USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 07-12, USC CLEO Research Paper No. C07-12
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 10 Oct 2007 Last Revised: 16 Nov 2013
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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11.

Behavioral Economics and Fundamental Tax Reform

USC CLEO Research Paper No. C06-4, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 06-8
Number of pages: 65 Posted: 28 Apr 2006
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 539 (71,135)
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The Fair Timing of Tax

Number of pages: 153 Posted: 08 Sep 2003
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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The Fair Timing of Tax

Number of pages: 159 Posted: 04 Jul 2004
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Starving the Beast: The Psychology of Budget Deficits

U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper 04-21; USC Law and Economics Research Paper No. 04-24; and USC CLEO Research Paper No. C04-21
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 11 Sep 2004
Jonathan Baron and Edward J. McCaffery
University of Pennsylvania - Department of Psychology and University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 515 (75,239)
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taxation, budget deficits, heuristics and biases

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Behavioral Economics and the Law: Tax

Doron Teichman and Eyal Zamir, eds., Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Law & Economics, Forthcoming, USC CLASS Research Paper No. CLASS13-1
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 18 Sep 2013
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 474 (83,221)
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Through the Looking Glass: The Politics of Estate Tax Reform

ACTEC Journal, 2009, USC CLEO Research Paper No. C09-16, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 09-31
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 31 Jul 2009
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Shakedown at Gucci Gulch: A Tale of Death, Money & Taxes

Number of pages: 71 Posted: 25 Aug 2004
Edward J. McCaffery and Linda R. Cohen
University of Southern California Gould School of Law and University of California, Irvine - Department of Economics
Downloads 379 (107,973)

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17.

Must We Have the Right to Waste?

Number of pages: 72 Posted: 23 Oct 2000
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 378 (108,310)
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Three Views of Tax

Number of pages: 33 Posted: 11 Feb 2005
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 351 (116,843)
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Three Views of Tax

Posted: 06 May 2005
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law

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taxation, fair not flat, tax reform

19.

A Voluntary Tax? Revisited

Number of pages: 25 Posted: 10 May 2001
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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20.

Masking Redistribution (or its Absence)

Number of pages: 30 Posted: 07 Apr 2004
Jonathan Baron and Edward J. McCaffery
University of Pennsylvania - Department of Psychology and University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 343 (120,567)
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21.

Expanding Discrimination Research: Moving Beyond Ethnicity and to the Web

USC CLEO Research Paper No. C03-2, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 03-5, Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 85, pp. 717-730, September 2004
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 25 Feb 2003
Timur Kuran and Edward J. McCaffery
Duke University - Department of Economics and University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 310 (134,267)
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Discrimination, ethnicity, physical appearance, beauty, economic inequality, public opinion, mode effect,

22.

The Last Best Hope for Progressivity in Tax

USC CLEO Research Paper No. C09-7, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 09-8
Number of pages: 88 Posted: 15 Apr 2009 Last Revised: 12 Nov 2013
Edward J. McCaffery and James R. Hines Jr.
University of Southern California Gould School of Law and University of Michigan
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Is There a Gender Gap in Fiscal Political Preferences?

Number of pages: 53 Posted: 01 Sep 2000
R. Michael Alvarez and Edward J. McCaffery
California Institute of Technology and University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 267 (156,707)
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24.

Gender and Tax

USC Law School, Olin Working Paper No. 99-11
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 17 Aug 1999
R. Michael Alvarez and Edward J. McCaffery
California Institute of Technology and University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 266 (157,274)
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A Life Estate Conception of Property

USC Law School, Olin Working Paper No. 99-15
Number of pages: 160 Posted: 15 Sep 1999
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 260 (160,936)
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The Humpty Dumpty Blues: Disaggregation Bias in the Evaluation Of Tax Systems

Number of pages: 32 Posted: 13 Feb 2002
Edward J. McCaffery and Jonathan Baron
University of Southern California Gould School of Law and University of Pennsylvania - Department of Psychology
Downloads 243 (171,906)
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The Dirty Little Secret of (Estate) Tax Reform

65 Stanford Law Review Online 21 (August 14, 2012), USC Law and Economics Research Papers Series No. C12-11, USC Legal Studies Research Papers Series No. 12-17
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 14 Aug 2012
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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28.

The Meaning of Capital in the Twenty-First Century

USC CLASS Research Paper No. 16-10, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 16-11
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 04 Mar 2016
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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The Burdens of Benefits

USC Law School, Olin Working Paper No. 99-14
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 17 Aug 1999
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 206 (200,977)
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The Uneasy Case for Capital Taxation

USC CLEO Research Paper No. C05-11, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 05-19
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 13 Sep 2005
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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A Consumed Income Tax: A Fair and Simple Plan for Tax Reform

USC CLEO Research Paper No. C08-12, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 08-16
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 31 Jul 2008
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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32.

It's Tax Not Trade (Stupid)

USC CLASS Research Papers Series No. CLASS16-20, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 16-22
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 19 Jul 2016
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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33.

Sex Differences in the Acceptability of Discrimination

USC CLEO Research Paper No. C05-7, USC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-17
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 28 Jul 2005
Timur Kuran and Edward J. McCaffery
Duke University - Department of Economics and University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 198 (208,337)

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Discrimination, sex differences, surveys, public opinion, social desirability bias

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What Sports Can Teach Tax Policymakers: Lessons from the Luxury Tax

USC Law and Economics Research Paper No. C12-6, USC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-10
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 15 May 2012
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 190 (216,228)

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35.

The Missing Links in Tax Reform

USC Law School, Olin Working Paper No. 99-16
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 17 Aug 1999
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 187 (219,231)
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36.

Behavioral Dimensions of Tax Reform

USC CLEO Research Paper No. C09-6, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 09-7
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 15 Apr 2009 Last Revised: 12 Nov 2013
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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37.

A Tale of Two Democracies

Number of pages: 33 Posted: 12 Nov 2002
Edward J. McCaffery, Ann N. Crigler and Marion R. Just
University of Southern California Gould School of Law, University of Southern California - Department of Political Science and International Relations and Wellesley College
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Distracted from Distraction by Distraction: Reimagining Estate Tax Reform

USC Law and Economics Research Papers Series No. C13-2, USC Legal Studies Research Papers Series No. 13-2, Pepperdine Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 5, 2013
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 18 Jan 2013 Last Revised: 12 Nov 2013
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Downloads 159 (251,555)

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A Better Hope for Campaign Finance Reform

USC CLASS Legal Studies Research Papers Series No. 19-21, August 2019, Arizona State Law Journal, Forthcoming, 2020
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 02 Aug 2019 Last Revised: 25 Feb 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Ten Facts About Fundamental Tax Reform

Tax Notes, December 2003, USC Center in Law, Economics and Organization Research Paper No. C08-15, USC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-19
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 31 Jul 2008
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Good Hybrids/Bad Hybrids

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 19 Jul 2005
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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42.

The Property-Tax Bundle of Rights

USC CLASS Working Paper Series No. CLASS20-15, USC Legal Studies Working Paper Series No. 20-15
Number of pages: 92 Posted: 05 Aug 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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property, tax, economic inequality, political theory, legal history, legal theory

43.

A Progressive's Silver Linings Playbook: Repeal Stepped-Up Basis

Tax Notes, p. 969, February 2013, USC CLEO Research Paper No. C13-3, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 13-3
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 06 Mar 2013
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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44.

The Conflicting Masters of Tax

USC CLASS Research Paper No. CLASS21-41, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 21-41
Number of pages: 68 Posted: 21 Aug 2021 Last Revised: 07 Dec 2021
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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tax, economic inequality, redistribution, law and economics, legal theory

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A Tale of Two Davids: Commentary on David Weisbach's Implementing Income and Consumption Taxes: An Essay in Honor of David Bradford

USC CLEO Research Paper No. C06-8, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 06-13
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 19 Jul 2006
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Taxation and the Family: A Fresh Look at Behavioral Gender Biases in the Code

UCLA Law Review, 1993
Number of pages: 78 Posted: 22 Oct 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Tax, Second-Earner Bias, Income, Economics

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Comments on Liebman and Zeckhauser, Simple Humans, Complex Insurance, Subtle Subsidies

USC CLEO Research Paper No. C08-14, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 08-18
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 30 Jul 2008
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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48.

Cognitive Theory and Tax

UCLA Law Review, Vol. 41, No. 7, 1994
Number of pages: 88 Posted: 22 Oct 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Behavioral Science, Tax, Reform, Economics

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The Holy Grail of Tax Simplification

Wisconsin Law Review, Vol. 1990, No. 5, 1990
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 04 Dec 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Tax, Reform, Simplification

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Why People Play Lotteries and Why It Matters

Wisconsin Law Review, Vol. 1994, No. 1, 1994
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 22 Oct 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Tax, Economics, Behavioral Science, Rationality

51.

Tax's Empire

Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 85, No. 1, 1996
Number of pages: 84 Posted: 22 Oct 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Tax, Reform

52.

Tax Policy under a Hybrid Income-Consumption Tax

Texas Law Review, Vol. 70, No. 5, 1992
Number of pages: 74 Posted: 20 Oct 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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income tax, tax, reform, inequality

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The Uneasy Case for Wealth Transfer Taxation

Yale Law Journal, Vol. 104, No. 2, 1994
Number of pages: 84 Posted: 22 Oct 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Tax, Economics, Inequality

54.

Ronald Dworkin, Inside-Out

California Law Review, Vol. 85, No. 4, 1997
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 21 Oct 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Slouching Towards Equality: Gender Discrimination, Market Efficiency, and Social Change

Yale Law Journal, Vol. 103, No. 3, 1993
Number of pages: 82 Posted: 20 Oct 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Discrimination, Tax, Economics

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Equality, of the Right Sort

6 UCLA Women's L.J. 289 (1996).
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 22 Oct 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Second-earner Bias, Second earner Bias, Tax, Inequality, Bias

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The Tyranny of Money

Michigan Law Review, Vol. 98, No. 6, 2000
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 20 Oct 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Inequality, Tax, Reform

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Last Words: Towards a Feminization of Wealth

Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1997
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 22 Oct 2020
Edward J. McCaffery
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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Tax, Inequality, Second Earner Bias

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Should We End Life Support for Death Taxes?

Posted: 08 Sep 2000
Edward J. McCaffery, Charles Davenport and James S. Halpern
University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Rutgers University School of Law and Government of the United States of America - Tax Court

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