David A. Weisbach

University of Chicago - Law School

Professor of Law

1111 E. 60th St.

Chicago, IL 60637

United States

Center for Robust Decisionmaking on Climate & Energy Policy (RDCEP)

5735 S. Ellis Street

Chicago, IL 60637

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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Scholarly Papers (52)

1.

Corporate Tax Avoidance

U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 202
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 16 Jan 2004
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 1,826 (8,172)
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taxation, tax planning, tax law, tax shelters

An Economic Analysis of Anti-Tax Avoidance Doctrines

University of Chicago Law School, John M. Olin Law & Economics Working Paper No. 99
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 19 May 2000
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 1,619 (9,762)
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An Economic Analysis of Anti-Tax-Avoidance Doctrines

American Law and Economics Review, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 88-115, 2002
Posted: 29 Feb 2008
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School

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A Guide to the GOP Tax Plan – The Way to a Better Way

University of Chicago Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics Research Paper No. 788
Number of pages: 67 Posted: 05 Jan 2017 Last Revised: 08 Feb 2017
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 1,618 (9,949)

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tax reform, consumption taxation, border adjustments, X-tax

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Climate Change and Discounting the Future: A Guide for the Perplexed

Reg-Markets Center Working Paper No. 08-19, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 08-20, Harvard Law School Program on Risk Regulation Research Paper No. 08-12
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 14 Aug 2008 Last Revised: 19 Oct 2014
David A. Weisbach and Cass R. Sunstein
University of Chicago - Law School and Harvard Law School
Downloads 1,591 (10,212)
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discounting, future generations, climate change, intergenerational neutrality

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Design of a Carbon Tax

U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 447, U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 254
Number of pages: 67 Posted: 09 Jan 2009
Gilbert E. Metcalf and David A. Weisbach
Tufts University - Department of Economics and University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 1,241 (15,171)
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The Superiority of an Ideal Consumption Tax Over an Ideal Income Tax

U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 251
Number of pages: 82 Posted: 27 Jul 2005
Joseph Bankman and David A. Weisbach
Stanford Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 1,071 (18,987)
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taxation, Atkinson and STiglitz, neutral taxation of commodities

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Unilateral Carbon Taxes, Border Tax Adjustments, and Carbon Leakage

University of Chicago Institute for Law & Economics Olin Research Paper No. 600
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 02 Jun 2012
University of Chicago, University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Department of Economics, University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago - Law School
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carbon leakage, carbon taxes, climate change, Kyoto Protocol, CGE modeling

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The Taxation of Carried Interests in Private Equity

Virginia Law Review, 2007, U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 365
Number of pages: 61 Posted: 10 Oct 2007
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
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tax law, service income, investment income

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Ten Truths About Tax Shelters

U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 122
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 10 May 2001
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 700 (34,240)
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Ten Truths About Tax Shelters

Tax Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 2, 2002
Posted: 09 May 2002
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School

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What Does Happiness Research Tell Us about Happiness?

U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 342
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 26 Jun 2007
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
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Line Drawing, Doctrine, and Efficiency in the Tax Law

University of Chicago Law School, John M. Olin Law & Economics Working Paper No. 62
Number of pages: 83 Posted: 11 Jul 1998
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 487 (55,832)
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Consumption Taxation is Still Superior to Income Taxation

U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 358, Stanford Law and Economics Olin Working Paper No. 350
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 11 Sep 2007 Last Revised: 29 Sep 2009
David A. Weisbach and Joseph Bankman
University of Chicago - Law School and Stanford Law School
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Ironing Out the Flat Tax

University of Chicago Law School, John M. Olin Law & Economics Working Paper No. 79
Number of pages: 87 Posted: 08 Aug 1999
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 395 (71,401)
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Ironing Out the Flat Tax

Stanford Law Review, Vol. 52, Issue 3
Posted: 04 Oct 2000
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School

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Should the Tax Law Require Current Accrual of Interest On Derivative Financial Instruments?

University of Chicago Law School, John M. Olin Law & Economics Working Paper No. 90
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 10 Dec 1999
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 388 (73,551)
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The Integration of Tax and Spending Programs

Yale Law Journal, Vol. 113, p. 955, 2004, U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 194
Number of pages: 74 Posted: 09 Sep 2003 Last Revised: 04 Jan 2012
David A. Weisbach and Jacob Nussim
University of Chicago - Law School and Bar-Ilan University - Faculty of Law
Downloads 366 (78,734)
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tax policy, tax base theory, tax expenditures theory

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The Irreducible Complexity of Firm-Level Income Taxes: Theory and Doctrine in Corporate Tax

U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 327
Number of pages: 66 Posted: 17 Jan 2007
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 357 (81,017)
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Is Knowledge of the Tax Law Socially Desirable?

U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 563
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 26 Jul 2011 Last Revised: 27 Jul 2011
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 350 (82,924)
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taxation, law, tax advice, uncertainty

Climate Impacts on Economic Growth as Drivers of Uncertainty in the Social Cost of Carbon

RDCEP Working Paper No. 13-02
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 20 Aug 2013 Last Revised: 05 Mar 2015
University of Chicago - Department of the Geophysical Sciences, Logistics Management Institute (LMI), University of Chicago - Department of the Geophysical Sciences and University of Chicago - Law School
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climate change, social cost of carbon, integrated assessment modeling, valuation of environmental quality, U.S. climate policy

Climate Impacts on Economic Growth as Drivers of Uncertainty in the Social Cost of Carbon

Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 43, No. 2, 2014, pp. 401-425, University of Chicago Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics Research Paper No. 652
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 19 Aug 2013 Last Revised: 28 Apr 2015
University of Chicago - Department of the Geophysical Sciences, Logistics Management Institute (LMI), University of Chicago - Department of the Geophysical Sciences and University of Chicago - Law School
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The (Non) Taxation of Risk

U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 203
Number of pages: 66 Posted: 19 Jan 2004
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 335 (86,581)
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income tax

The (Non)Taxation of Risk

Tax Law Review, Vol. 58, No. 1, 2005
Posted: 27 Dec 2005
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School

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Instrument Choice is Instrument Design

U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 490
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 24 Oct 2009
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
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Should Environmental Taxes Be Precautionary?

RDCEP Working Paper No. 12-06
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 01 Feb 2012
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 118 (231,767)
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Pigouvian taxation, environmental taxation, precautionary principle, climate change, real options, instrument choice

Should Environmental Taxes Be Precautionary?

University of Chicago Institute for Law & Economics Olin Research Paper No. 601
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 02 Jun 2012
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 99 (262,818)
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Pigouvian taxation, environmental taxation, precautionary principle, climate change, real options, instrument choice

Should Environmental Taxes Be Precautionary?

University of Chicago Institute for Law & Economics Olin Research Paper No. 586
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 14 Jan 2012 Last Revised: 01 Jul 2014
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
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Pigouvian taxation, environmental taxation, precautionary principle, climate change, real options, instrument choice

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The Use of Neutralities in International Tax Policy

University of Chicago Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics Research Paper No. 697
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 20 Aug 2014
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
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Taxes and Torts in the Redistribution of Income

U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 148
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 27 Apr 2002
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 292 (101,341)
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Coase lecture, tax law

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Capital Gains Taxation and Corporate Investment

University of Chicago Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics Research Paper No. 740
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 25 Jan 2016 Last Revised: 15 Nov 2016
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
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dividend taxation, capital gains, new view, lock-in

Responsibility for Climate Change, by the Numbers

U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 448, U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 255
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 09 Jan 2009
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
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Responsibility for Climate Change, by the Numbers

Reg-Markets Center Working Paper No. 09-04
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 15 Jan 2009
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 36 (440,461)

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Tax Expenditures, Principal Agent Problems, and Redundancy

U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 299
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 30 Jun 2006
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 267 (111,487)
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International Paretianism: A Defense

University of Chicago Institute for Law & Economics Olin Research Paper No. 606, U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 392
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 31 Jul 2012
Eric A. Posner and David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 266 (111,916)
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Taxation and Risk-Taking with Multiple Tax Rates

U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 172
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 13 Dec 2002
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 259 (115,071)
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taxation, risk-taking, dead-weight loss, income taxation

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Attributes of Ownership

University of Chicago Institute for Law & Economics Olin Research Paper No. 621
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 17 Nov 2012
Reid Thompson and David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 210 (141,714)
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Measurement and Tax Depreciation Policy: The Case of Short-Term Assets

U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 176
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 13 Jan 2003
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 203 (146,316)
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The Design of a Carbon Tax

Reg-Markets Center Working Paper No. 09-05
Number of pages: 67 Posted: 15 Jan 2009
David A. Weisbach and Gilbert E. Metcalf
University of Chicago - Law School and Tufts University - Department of Economics
Downloads 196 (151,143)
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Does the X-Tax Mark the Spot?

U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 163
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 31 Oct 2002
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 186 (158,546)
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Consumption tax, VAT, tax reform

Does the X-Tax Mark the Spot?

SMU Law Review, Vol. 56, p. 201, 2003
Posted: 29 May 2003
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School

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Consumption tax, VAT, tax reform

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Audits as Signals

HKS Working Paper No. RWP13-026, University of Chicago Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics Research Paper No. 651
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 18 Aug 2013 Last Revised: 18 Sep 2013
Maciej H. Kotowski, David A. Weisbach and Richard J. Zeckhauser
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), University of Chicago - Law School and Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)
Downloads 173 (169,228)

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Carbon Taxation in Europe: Expanding the EU Carbon Price

U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 566
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 30 Jul 2011
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
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emissions trading, carbon, carbon tax, emissions

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Implementing Income and Consumption Taxes: An Essay in Honor of David Bradford

U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 297
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 26 Jun 2006
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 171 (170,952)
Citation 1

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taxation, income taxation, consumption taxation, international taxation

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Unilateral Carbon Taxes, Border Adjustments and Carbon Leakage

RDCEP Working Paper No. 12-04
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 01 Feb 2012 Last Revised: 01 Mar 2012
University of Chicago, University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Department of Economics, University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago - Law School
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carbon leakage, carbon taxes, climate change, Kyoto Protocol, CGE modeling

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A Welfarist Approach to Disabilities

U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 355
Number of pages: 75 Posted: 23 Aug 2007
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 153 (187,960)
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New View Integration

Forthcoming, 71 Tax Law Review (Fall 2017), University of Chicago Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics Research Paper No. 811
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 10 Aug 2017
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
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Discount Rates, Social Judgments, Individuals’ Risk Preferences, and Uncertainty

Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Vol. 42, pp. 125-143, 2011, U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 564
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 30 Jul 2011
Louis Kaplow and David A. Weisbach
Harvard Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 135 (208,042)
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Discount Rate, Risk Preferences, Policy Assessment Under Uncertainty, Climate Policy

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Thinking Outside the Little Boxes

Texas Law Review, Vol. 80, 2001
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 26 Mar 2002
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 111 (241,111)
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Commodity tax, debt-equity, tax law, tax methodology, Schlunk

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Two Theories of Responsibility for Past Emissions of Carbon Dioxide

U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 582
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 24 May 2016 Last Revised: 14 Jul 2016
Michelle Hayner and David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
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climate change, justice, responsibility

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Paretian Intergenerational Discounting

U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 255
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 24 Aug 2005
Dexter Samida and David A. Weisbach
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 106 (249,137)
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A Critical Look at a Critical Look - Reply to Sanchirico

Tax Law Review, Vol. 64, 2011, U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 573
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 04 Aug 2011 Last Revised: 21 Sep 2011
David A. Weisbach and Joseph Bankman
University of Chicago - Law School and Stanford Law School
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income taxation, consumption taxation, Haig-Simons, tax base, labor income taxation

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The Social Evaluation of Intergenerational Policies and its Application to Integrated Assessment Models of Climate Change

B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 2010, U of Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 565
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 26 Jul 2011 Last Revised: 29 Jul 2011
Louis Kaplow, Elisabeth J. Moyer and David A. Weisbach
Harvard Law School, University of Chicago - Department of the Geophysical Sciences and University of Chicago - Law School
Downloads 100 (259,340)
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individual discount rate, social discount rate, intergenerational distribution, climate policy, integrated assessment models

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Distributionally-Weighted Cost Benefit Analysis: Welfare Economics Meets Organizational Design

University of Chicago Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics Research Paper No. 689, U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 478
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 14 Jun 2014 Last Revised: 08 Jul 2014
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School
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The Marginal Revenue Rule in Cost-Benefit Analysis

Tax Notes, Vol. 160, No. 11, pp. 1507-1528 (Sept. 10, 2018), University of Chicago Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics Research Paper No. 859, U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 685
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 15 Oct 2018
David A. Weisbach, Daniel Jacob Hemel and Jennifer Nou
University of Chicago - Law School, University of Chicago - Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
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cost-benefit analysis, tax regulations, marginal revenue rule, elasticity of taxable income

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Signaling with Audits: Mimicry, Wasteful Expenditures, and Non-Compliance in a Model of Tax Enforcement

HKS Working Paper No. RWP14-001
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 14 Jun 2014
Maciej H. Kotowski, David A. Weisbach and Richard J. Zeckhauser
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), University of Chicago - Law School and Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)
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Auditing, Signaling, Taxation

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Border Adjustments for Carbon Emissions: Basic Concepts and Design

Resources for the Future Discussion Paper 16-09
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 03 Jun 2016
Samuel S. Kortum and David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Department of Economics and University of Chicago - Law School
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Carbon Taxes, Leakage, Border Adjustments

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The Fifth Circuit Gets it Wrong in Compaq V. Commissioner

Tax Notes, Vol. 94, No. 4, January 28, 2002
Posted: 24 Jan 2002
Daniel Shaviro and David A. Weisbach
New York University School of Law and University of Chicago - Law School

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Formalism in the Tax Law

Chicago Law Review, Vol. 66, Summer 1999
Posted: 16 Nov 1999
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School

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An Efficiency Analysis of Line Drawing in the Tax Law

Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 29, No. 1, Part 1, January 2000
Posted: 02 Oct 1999
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School

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The Curious Problem of Short Against the Box

Posted: 14 Mar 1997
David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School

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Other Papers (1)

Total Downloads: 17    Citations: 0
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Appendix to 'The Marginal Revenue Rule in Cost-Benefit Analysis'

Number of pages: 14 Posted: 22 Aug 2018 Last Revised: 11 Sep 2018
Daniel Jacob Hemel, Jennifer Nou and David A. Weisbach
University of Chicago - Law School, University of Chicago - Law School and University of Chicago - Law School
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cost-benefit analysis, tax regulations