High Marginal Tax Rates on the Top 1%

by Fabian Kinderman and Dick Krueger 

Appeared originally at Voxeu.org.

Optimal tax rates for the rich are a perennial source of controversy. This column argues that high marginal tax rates on the top 1% of earners can make society as a whole better off. Not knowing whether they would ever make it into the top 1%, but understanding it is very unlikely, households especially at younger ages would happily accept a life that is somewhat better most of the time and significantly worse in the rare event they rise to the top 1%.

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Ying and Yang of Trade: Global Recession Risk Caused By Slowing Economies Coupled With the Decline in Oil Prices

December 6th, 2014
in aa syndication, weekly economic summary

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There is a ying and yang in trade. Major exporting countries are generally major importing countries. Most analysis centers on exports - and therefore misses the big picture in our globalized trade world.

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October 2014 Consumer Credit Growth Continues to Slow, Growth Well Below Expectations

December 5th, 2014
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Consumer credit growth has been trending down down after peaking in July. Even with the backward revisions changing trends, this particular trend has been in play for two months now. In any event, year-over-year growth (ignoring student loans) is still growing at double the rate of consumer contribution to GDP growth.

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Is Bitcoin the Future?

by Worth Wray, Thoughts from the Frontline

Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” – Gail Sheehy

When people write the history of this thing, of bitcoin, they are not going to write the story of 6 million to a billion. What is truly remarkable is the story of zero to 6 million. It has already happened! And we’re not paying attention! That’s incredible. That’s what had one chance in a million, and it already happened.”– Wences Casares, Founder & CEO of Xapo

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October 2014 Manufacturing Declines For the Third Month

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US Census says manufacturing new orders declined. Our analysis agrees. The data has been soft for three months in a row. Consider that this data is noisy - but the rolling averages (which include transport) are decelerating. 

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