Taxation and the New 'Progressives'
3 Pages Posted: 22 May 2020
Date Written: April 26, 2020
Larry Summers would like to portray himself as a progressive. In a paper he co-authored for the centrist Hamilton Project with his former PhD student Natasha Sarin and their research assistant Joe Kupferberg, Summers announced a “pragmatic approach” for making the tax system more progressive. Summers and his co-authors (SSK) take care to contrast their approach with the proposals of Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and claim that the “pragmatic” approach can raise over $4 trillion in 2020-29. But a closer look at the SSK proposals shows that theirs is not a progressive approach at all, and that it is unlikely to generate the revenues they claim.
Keywords: progressively, wealth tax, mark to market
JEL Classification: H26
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