Fiscal Policy

Staring Down the Debt Limit

By and ·July 22, 2019
Brookings Institution and Tax Policy Center

The Issue:

In what has become a predictable cycle, policymakers meet under pressure to raise the “debt ceiling,” the legal limit on the amount of debt the federal government can accumulate. In spite of the frequency with which this situation occurs, discussion around the debt ceiling is often shrouded in confusion.

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The Political Considerations in Fiscal Policy (VIDEO)

By and ·June 20, 2019
The Brookings Institution and The Fletcher School, Tufts University
This conversation was recorded on December 13, 2018.

 

Decisions on government spending and taxation have a direct impact on the economy. Yet fiscal policy is inherently political. Past proposals to create a board— like the Federal Reserve Board — for fiscal policy, that would be comprised of experts

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The Distributional Effects of Fiscal Policy (VIDEO)

By and ·April 28, 2019
The Brookings Institution and The Fletcher School, Tufts University

In this video, William G. Gale of The Brookings Institution, and EconoFact co-founder Michael Klein discuss the distributional effects of fiscal policy and the progressivity of the US tax system. 

The combination of tax and spending policies in the United States is progressive - but less so than in major European
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What Tools Does the U.S. Have to Combat the Next Recession? (VIDEO)

By and ·December 12, 2018
Harvard University and George Washington University and The Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution
Excerpt from webinar with Karen Dynan (Harvard University), Jay Shambaugh (George Washington University, and The Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution), and Eduardo Porter (New York Times), October 23, 2018. A collaboration between EconoFact and The Hamilton Project, Brookings.

The Issue:

U.S. fiscal ...
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