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Poterba, James M.

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Works: 293 works in 1,358 publications in 1 language and 18,743 library holdings
Genres: Conference proceedings  Periodicals 
Roles: Editor, Honoree, Compiler
Classifications: HJ2381, 336.200973
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Borderline case international tax policy, corporate research and development, and investment ( file )
6 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,613 libraries worldwide
"The growing integration of world markets for capital and goods, coupled with the rise of instantaneous worldwide communication, has made identification of corporations as "American," "Dutch," or "Japanese" extremely difficult. Yet tax treatment does depend of where a firm is chartered. And, as Borderline Case documents, there is little doubt that tax rules for firms doing business in several nations--firms that account for more than three-quarters of corporate R & D spending in the United States--have substantial effects on corporate decisionmaking and, ultimately, U.S. competitiveness. This book explores the impact of the U.S. tax code and its incentives on the international activities of U.S.- and foreign-based firms: basic research outlays, expenditures on product and process development, and plant and equipment investment. The authors include industry experts from large multinational firms in technology and pharmaceuticals, academic researchers who have explored the quantitative impact of tax provisions on R & D, and tax policy analysts who have examined international tax rules in the broader context of tax reform. These experts look at how corporate investment and R & D are shaped by specific tax provisions, such as the definition of taxable income, relative tax burdens on domestic and foreign business, taxation of earnings repatriated to the United States, deductibility of expenses of worldwide operations, and U.S. corporate taxes relative to other countries. The volume explores prescriptions and prospects for tax reform and reviews major reform proposals and their implications for the behavior of multinational business."--Publisher's description
Public policies and household saving by James M Poterba( file )
13 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 1,230 libraries worldwide
The declining U.S. national saving rate has prompted economists and policymakers to ask, should the federal government encourage saving, and if so, through which policies? In order to better understand saving programs, this volume provides a systematic and detailed description of saving policies in the G-7 industrialized nations: the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom
International comparisons of household saving by James M Poterba( Computer File )
13 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 1,145 libraries worldwide
Governments and corporations may chip in, but around the world household saving is the biggest factor in national saving. To better understand why saving rates differ from country to country, this volume provides the most up-to-date analyses of patterns of household saving behavior in Canada, Italy, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Each of the six chapters examines micro data sets of household saving within a particular country and summarizes statistics on patterns of saving by age, income, and other demographic factors. The authors provide age-earning profiles and analyses of the accumulation of wealth over the lifetime in a clear way that allows quick comparisons of earning, consumption, and saving in the six countries. Designed as a companion to Public Policies and Household Saving (1994), which addresses saving policies in the G-7 nations, this volume offers detailed descriptions of saving behavior in all G-7 nations except France
Tax policy and the economy ( file )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,111 libraries worldwide
Tax policy and the economy by James M Poterba( file )
17 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and held by 1,003 libraries worldwide
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Tax policy and the economy ( file )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 745 libraries worldwide
Tax policy and the economy ( file )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 678 libraries worldwide
Global warming : economic policy responses by Rudiger Dornbusch( Book )
15 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 599 libraries worldwide
Fiscal institutions and fiscal performance by James M Poterba( Book )
14 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 544 libraries worldwide
Fiscal Institutions and Fiscal Performance probes the role that budgetary institutions play in explaining the size of a country's financial deficit and, within that framework, explores the range of likely corrective actions that might limit the size of such deficits. This far-reaching collection considers the design and operation of fiscal institutions; it scrutinizes the effect of budgetary rules and procedures on fiscal-policy outcomes around the world; and it examines those combinations of institutional structure and fiscal policy that might best restrict the advance of budget deficits, limit the growth of national debt, and ensure fiscal responsibility
Empirical foundations of household taxation by Martin S Feldstein( Book )
10 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 509 libraries worldwide
Despite decades of interest by scholars and policy makers in the effect of tax policy on household behavior, there is still considerable controversy about the key empirical links among tax rates, household behavior, and revenue collections. The eight papers in this volume present new statistical findings on how taxes affect a range of household decisions, including labor supply, saving, choice of health insurance plan, choice of child care arrangements, portfolio choice, and tax evasion. They also present new analytical results on the effects of different types of tax policy. All of this research relies on household-level data - drawn either from public-use tax return files provided by the U.S. Treasury or from large household-level surveys - to explore various aspects of the relationship between taxes and household behavior
Housing markets in the United States and Japan by Yukio Noguchi( Book )
11 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 490 libraries worldwide
Although Japan and the United States are the world's leading economies, there are significant differences in the ways their wealth is translated into living standards. A careful comparison of housing markets illustrates not only how living standards in the two countries differ, but also reveals much about saving patterns and how they affect wealth accumulation.In this volume, ten essays discuss the evolution of housing prices, housing markets and personal savings, housing finance, commuting, and the impact of public policy on housing markets. The studies reveal surprising differences in housin
Tax policy and the economy ( file )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 332 libraries worldwide
Tax policy and the economy ( file )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 210 libraries worldwide
Fiscal reform in Colombia : problems and prospects ( Book )
4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 208 libraries worldwide
"Colombia, once a model of fiscal discipline for other Latin American nations, has seen its fiscal situation deteriorate since the early 1990s. Higher government spending, taxes that did not keep pace with expenditures, and severe recession led to an unsustainable debt-to-GDP ratio of 52 percent in 2002. Short-term tax increases, even coupled with spending reforms, have not restored Colombia to fiscal balance. A Colombian government commission charged with researching more long-term tax and fiscal reforms gave rise to the selected essays included in this book, each coauthored by Colombian and North American public finance experts. The analyses and recommendations have particular policy relevance for developing economies."--BOOK JACKET
Why do economists disagree about policy? : the roles of beliefs about parameters and values by Victor R Fuchs( Book )
10 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 109 libraries worldwide
This paper reports the results of surveys of specialists in labor economics and public economics at 40 leading research universities in the United States. Respondents provided opinions of policy proposals; quantitative best estimates and 95% confidence intervals for economic parameters; answers to values questions regarding income redistribution, efficiency versus equity, and individual versus social responsibility; and their political party identification. We find considerable disagreement among economists about policy proposals. Their positions on policy are more closely related to their values than to their estimates of relevant economic parameters or to their political party identification. Average best estimates of the economic parameters agree well with the ranges summarized in surveys of relevant literature, but the individual best estimates are usually widely dispersed. Moreover, economists, like experts in many fields, appear more confident of their estimates than the substantial cross-respondent variation in estimates would warrant. Finally although the confidence intervals in general appear to be too narrow, respondents whose best estimates are farther from the median tend to give wider confidence intervals for those estimates
The history of annuities in the United States by James M Poterba( Book )
11 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 107 libraries worldwide
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Lump-sum distributions from retirement saving plans : receipt and utilization by James M Poterba( Book )
11 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 105 libraries worldwide
One of the central issues in evaluating the ongoing shift from defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC) pension plans is the degree to which assets in DC plans will be withdrawn before plan participants reach retirement age. The annual flow of withdrawals from such plans, which are known as lump sum distributions and which are frequently but not always associated with employment changes, has exceeded $100 billion in recent years. This flow is substantially greater than the flow of new contributions to IRAs and other targeted retirement saving programs. This paper draws on data from the 1993 Current Population Survey and the Health and Retirement Survey to summarize the incidence and disposition of lump sum distributions. We find that while less than half of all lump sum distributions are rolled over into IRAs or other retirement saving plans, large distributions are substantially more likely to be saved than smaller ones are. Consequently, more than half of the dollars paid out as lump sum distributions are reinvested. We also explore the correlation between various individual characteristics and the probability of rolling over a lump sum distribution. This is a first step toward developing a model that can be used to evaluate the long- term effects of lump sum distributions, or policies that might affect them, on the financial status of elderly households
The effects of special saving programs on saving and wealth by James M Poterba( Book )
12 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 104 libraries worldwide
Individual saving through targeted retirement saving accounts IRAs and 401(k)s grew rapidly in the United States during the 1980s. The microeconomic evidence presented in this paper suggests that most of the contributions to these programs represent new saving that would not otherwise have occurred. The micro evidence is compared with macro saving measured by National Income and Product Accounts and Flow of Funds data
Fiscal institutions and public sector labor markets by James M Poterba( Book )
10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 104 libraries worldwide
This paper investigates how state and local fiscal institutions affect the pattern of relative wages between state and local government employees and their private sector counterparts. It focuses on changes in relative wages during the 1979-1986 period. Empirical analysis of data from the Current Population Survey suggests that in places with limitations on local property taxes, and to a lesser extent state-level tax and expenditure caps, public sector wages grew more slowly than the wages paid to comparable workers in the private sector. The differential movement of public sector and private sector wages is particularly pronounced for college-educated women who work in the local public sector. Many of these employees are public school teachers. There is some evidence that the impact of fiscal limits is most pronounced in the years immediately following their adoption, and that the effect of these limits weakens over time
The costs of annuitizing retirement payouts from individual accounts by James M Poterba( Book )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 102 libraries worldwide
This paper presents new evidence on the costs of purchasing private annuity contracts to spread a given stock of assets over an uncertain future lifetime. It also describes the operation of individual annuity arrangements within two large group retirement saving plans. First presents information on life annuity contracts that are now available in the individual single-premium-immediate annuity marketplace. For a 65-year-old male annuity buyer present discounted value of the payouts offered by the average policy available in June 1998 was approximately 85 percent of the purchase price. This assumes that the individual faces the mortality risks of the average individual in the population, and that the payouts are discounted at a riskless interest rate. The expected present value of payouts rises if we assume that the buyer faces the mortality rates of the typical annuitant, while it declines if we assume a higher riskier, interest rate for discounting. Second, the paper considers individual annuity policies available to participants in the government's Thrift Savings Plan. Because these annuities are purchased through a large group retirement saving program, some of the administrative costs are lower than those in the national individual annuity market. The expected present value of payouts is correspondingly higher than that in the public' market. Third individual annuity products offered by TIAA-CREF, the retirement system for college and university employees. TIAA offers annuities with non-guaranteed elements the highest payouts in the individual annuity market, mainly due to superior investment returns and low expenses. CREF annuities offer valuable payouts that reflect basis, the investment experience of the accounts
 
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Poterba, J.
Poterba, J. 1958-
Poterba, J. (James)
Poterba, J. (James), 1958-
Poterba, J. M. 1958-
Poterba, James
Poterba, James 1958-
Poterba, James M.
Poterba, James Michael 1958-
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