Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/45762
Authors: 
Meyer, Bruce D.
Year of Publication: 
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

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