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War and Taxes

UCLA School of Law, Law-Econ Research Paper No. 08-10

Steven A. Bank, Kirk J. Stark, Joseph J. Thorndike, WAR AND TAXES, Urban Institute Press, 2008

20 Pages Posted: 2 May 2008 Last revised: 15 May 2008

Steven A. Bank

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Kirk J. Stark

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Joseph J. Thorndike

Tax Analysts; Northwestern University School of Law; University of Virginia - College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

During World War II, Americans were urged to ration food, raise money, and accept higher taxes. After September 11, we were given tax cuts and asked to shop. Has the United States broken a noble tradition of fiscal sacrifice with the current, unprecedented wartime tax cuts, or are they the mark of new economic and social forces at work? This piece, and the book from which it is drawn, War and Taxes, weighs the question by considering seven conflicts that span the American Revolution to the present war in Iraq.

Keywords: wartime economics, tax cuts, tax history, economic policies

JEL Classification: H30, H50

Suggested Citation

Bank, Steven A. and Stark , Kirk J. and Thorndike, Joseph J., War and Taxes. UCLA School of Law, Law-Econ Research Paper No. 08-10; Steven A. Bank, Kirk J. Stark, Joseph J. Thorndike, WAR AND TAXES, Urban Institute Press, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1127823

Steven Bank (Contact Author)

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Kirk Stark

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

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Joseph Thorndike

Tax Analysts ( email )

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United States

Northwestern University School of Law

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Chicago, IL 60601
United States

University of Virginia - College of Arts and Sciences ( email )

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