This episode of The Weeds tackles some of the pressing questions that keep nerds like us up at night. Like whether taxing the rich will hurt economic growth — and if there's space in the American political system for a third party.
The answers, as always, are complex — but instead of a restless night of wondering alone, now you can join us on the podcast. Also in this week's edition: A new working paper shows a surprising way to increase high school attendance.
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- Tax Foundation review paper on how taxes hurt growth … and the CBPP paper refuting it
- Romer & Romer's key study on how American tax increases have historically affected growth
- Thomas Piketty argues that the top marginal tax rate ought to be 80 percent
- Glen Weyl on how the marginal tax rate affects which jobs Americans choose
- Ed Prescott: Why do Americans work so much more than Europeans?
- Emmanuel Saez on taxation of the top 1 percent — and the opaqueness of chief executives' salaries
- Alvin Chang's excellent visualization of 100 years of American tax brackets
- Why third parties aren't good at solving gridlock
- David Broockman's research suggests moderates don't have moderate viewpoints at all
- Live every day like it's NBER day with our white paper of the week
- A good explanation of "stereotype threat"
- The 1980s study on "African-American vernacular English" that Matt talked about