Weekly Roundup: From Raisins to BBQ

Our everyday economics includes property rights, sovereign debt, default,, externalities, regulation, Pigovian taxes, incentive, state taxes, and oligopoly.

Two Reasons For Moving to Alaska

Creating different incentives, the variety among state taxes includes some with no income tax, others with sales taxes and some with severance taxes.

When is a Tax Credit Like a Groupon Coupon?

States should use cost benefit analysis more so to assess economic development tax incentives like tax credits that target film and TV producers.

Amazon vs. California

According to the Seattle Times, in 1996, Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos said, “You have to charge sales tax to customers who live in any state where you have a business presence. It made no sense for us to be in…

An Optional Income Tax

What if you could decide whether to pay an income tax? Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff has a plan that gives us a choice. His basic message, though, is that Congress had better start to think creatively because our current…

A VAT For Pretzels?

The Senate just said “No” to a VAT. Disagreeing, Paul Volcker sort of said “Yes” when he observed that a VAT is “not as toxic an idea” as we once believed. Suddenly everyone seems to be talking about a VAT. Here are…