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Redistribution and tax expenditures: The Earned Income Tax Credit

Date Added to Library: 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 15:22
Priority: 
normal
Individual Author: 
Eissa, Nada
Hoynes, Hilary
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Published Date: 
June 2011
Published Date (Text): 
June 2011
Publication: 
National Tax Journal
Volume: 
64
Number of Volumes: 
2
Page Range: 
689–730
Year: 
2011
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Abstract: 

This paper examines the distributional and behavioral effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). We chart the growth of the program over time, and argue that several expansions show that real responses to taxes are important. We use tax data to show the distribution of benefits by income and family size, and examine the impacts of hypothetical reforms to the credit. Finally, we calculate the efficiency effects of marginal changes to EITC parameters. (author abstract)

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42
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