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Title:The US earned income tax credit, its effects, and possible reforms PDF Logo
Authors:Meyer, Bruce D.
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Working paper // IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2008:14
Abstract:In this paper, I first summarize how the US Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) operates and describe the characteristics of recipients. I then discuss empirical work on the effects of the EITC on poverty and income distribution, and its effects on labor supply. Next, I discuss a few policy concerns about the EITC: possible negative effects on hours of work and marriage, and problems of compliance with the tax system. I then briefly discuss some possible reforms to the structure of the current EITC.
Subjects:Welfare reform
Earned income tax credit
EITC
Earnings subsidies
Tax credits
Poverty
JEL:D31
H24
I38
J38
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

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