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May 3, 2001

Ending the Social Security Earnings Limit--For Everyone

In 2000 Congress ended the Social Security retirement earnings test for retirees 65 years and older, but the earnings test remains for early retirees ages 62-64. This Issue Brief lays out the case for eliminating the retirement earnings test for all retirees.

October 31, 2000

The "Greatest Prosperity Ever": Should the Clinton-Gore "New Economic Plan" Get the Credit?

It is important to grasp precisely what the proponents of the 1993 tax increase thought they were accomplishing, the logic behind their plan as well as what actually happened.

October 9, 2000

The Fiscal Plans of Al Gore and George Bush: A Comparison

At stake in this election is, among other things, the fate of almost $4.6 trillion in federal budget surpluses that the government expects to collect over the next ten years.

This Issue Brief compares the tax and spending plans of Al Gore and George Bush, and provides both static and dynamic forecasting of the economic effects of the candidates' proposals.

September 26, 2000

The Real Economic Costs of the Microsoft Decision

For over two years, the federal government has been pursuing antitrust action against Microsoft. Much heated debate has surrounded the case, most of it revolving around legal issues. But the broader ramifications for risk assessment, investor confidence and the general economy have been largely ignored.

The cloud hanging over Microsoft has already done serious damage to the economy. This IPI Issue Brief attempts to quantify the extent of the economic damage already done to the economy by the government's action against Microsoft.

September 2, 1999

An Analysis of the Taxpayer Refund and Relief Act of 1999

A discussion of all the major elements of the bill, static and dynamic revenue estimates, an estimate of the economic effects of the bill, and a "bang for the buck" analysis of the major provisions.

July 30, 1999

An Analysis of the Financial Freedom Act of 1999

This issue brief examines the major features of the Ways and Means bill and discusses
the economic and budgetary effects.

July 15, 1999

Retiring the Social Security Earnings Test

A relic of the Great Depression, the Social Security retirement earnings test penalizes people receiving Social Security benefits who work. The earnings test puts a huge tax on wage inome, creating an effective marginal tax rate of between 41 and 80+ percent.

This Issue Brief outlines the case for eliminating the earnings test, and finds that "the long-run costs of eliminating the earnings test are almost nothing."

January 28, 1999

Honey I Shrunk the Surplus - How Clinton and Congress Squandered Your Financial Future

1998 was supposed to be the year when fiscal good times finally overflowed the U.S. Treasury and put money back into the pockets of ordinary Americans in the form of tax cuts. What happened?

September 28, 1998

An Analysis of the "Taxpayer Relief Act of 1998"

This issue brief looks at the major proposals and the bill’s economic and revenue effects.

September 8, 1998

The Growing Case Against the International Monetary Fund

This paper summarizes the three major arguments against continued U.S. involvement in the IMF.


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