The Effect of Tax Expenditures on Automatic Stabilizers: Methods and Evidence

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Hautahi Kingi

Cornell University, Department of Economics, Students

Kyle Rozema

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

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Date Written: September 2017

Abstract

We study the effect of tax expenditures on the stabilizing power of the tax system. We propose a micro‐simulation strategy that exploits links that we identify between automatic stabilizers, tax expenditures, and effective marginal tax rates. Using U.S. tax return micro data from 2000 to 2010, we estimate that, on average, the mortgage interest deduction and the charitable contributions deduction decreased the ability of the tax system to absorb fluctuations in aggregate consumption by an average of 7.4 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively.

Suggested Citation

Kingi, Hautahi and Rozema, Kyle, The Effect of Tax Expenditures on Automatic Stabilizers: Methods and Evidence (September 2017). Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 14, Issue 3, pp. 548-568, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3016682 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jels.12155

Hautahi Kingi (Contact Author)

Cornell University, Department of Economics, Students ( email )

Ithaca, NY
United States

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Kyle Rozema

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

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