Program: Fiscal

Tax Incentives for Investment. Old and New Challenges for International Trade

24 June, 2021 14.00-17.00 CET | Online
Fiscal, Workshops | Tags: Digitalization, Investment, Tax Expenditures, Tax Incentives
Despite their stated goals including attracting FDI, creating employment and boosting R&D and innovation, tax incentives for investment are often ineffective. Indeed, several provisions are redundant and hence end-up triggering costly windfall gains. They can also trigger negative spillover effects on third countries, e.g. when ... continue reading

Reforming Tax Expenditures – Challenges and Barriers in the United States

14 April, 2021 20.00 CET, 14.00 EDT | Online
Fiscal, Panel | Tags: Tax Expenditures, Tax Reform
The panel addressed the main challenges and barriers holding back reform of the tax expenditure system in the US including:  The politics of tax expenditures “Negative” and “positive” tax expenditures Collecting racial, ethnic, and gender information Improving transparency in public finance management. ... continue reading

Assessing Pension-Related Tax Expenditures in South Africa

and | 6 April 2021
Fiscal, Working Papers | Tags: Inequality, Pensions, Tax Expenditures
In 2016, the South African government introduced a comprehensive reform to simplify and harmonize the pension system in order to incentivize pension savings and increase the fairness of the retirement system. Using administrative tax micro-data, we assess the impact of the 2016 reform and find that it triggered ... continue reading

“If Something Cannot Go on Forever, It Will Stop“

| 1 April 2021
Fiscal, Monetary, Policy Briefs | Tags: Covid-19, Debt, Democracy, Environment, Financial Stability, Health Systems, Inequality, International Cooperation, Resilience
“If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” This famous observation was made by Herb Stein, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. It became famous largely because it was just that, obvious. Yet, what is no less obvious is that public policy is ... continue reading

Disparate Racial Impact: Tax Expenditure Reform Needed

| 23 March 2021
Fiscal, Policy Briefs | Tags: Income Inequality, Tax Expenditures
This policy brief discusses the issues of potential disparate racial impacts of U.S. tax laws regarding government subsidy and incentive programs run through the tax system: tax expenditures. It analyzes the available data, provides normative insights, and describes eight steps to address disparate racial impacts ... continue reading