Labs of Democracy: Using Regional Variation to Understand Fiscal Policy Issues: Dissertation Summary

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Zidar, Owen
corporate taxes; tax cuts; employment growth; job creation; tax incentives; tax policy; fiscal policy; firm location; business location
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This dissertation uses a regional approach to assess the aggregate effects of cutting taxes on corporations and on taxpayers in different income groups. Determining the optimal course for economic policy critically depends on the efficiency and equity consequences of these policies. The first chapter estimates the incidence of state corporate taxes on workers, landowners, and firm owners in a spatial equilibrium model in which corporate taxes affect the location choices of both firms and workers. The second chapter investigates how tax changes for different income groups affect macroeconomic activity.