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The 1981 Tax Cut After 30 Years: What Happened to Revenues?

3 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2011  

Bruce Bartlett

Independent

Date Written: August 8, 2011

Abstract

In this article, the author reviews the continuing controversy over the Reagan tax cut. Republicans often assert that it was so expansionary that there was no revenue loss, something the Reagan administration itself never claimed. The truth is that the tax cut lost a lot of revenue, but helped the economy transition from high inflation to low inflation at an unexpectedly low economic cost.

Keywords: Ronald Reagan, Economic Recovery Tax Act, ERTA, Daniel Patrick Moynihan

JEL Classification: H20, H60, K34

Suggested Citation

Bartlett, Bruce, The 1981 Tax Cut After 30 Years: What Happened to Revenues? (August 8, 2011). Tax Notes, Vol. 132, No. 6, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1906654

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