Jacob Feldman

Jacob Feldman is an alumnus of the Mercatus Center MA Fellowship at George Mason University. He is currently an Economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Previously, he was a Research Analyst at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Jacob earned his Master of Arts degree in Economics from George Mason University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, where he completed a double major in Economics and Jewish Studies. His research interest include federal tax policy and public choice theory.

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Dec 15, 2015

Tax reform is a hot topic in Washington, D.C. But luckily, policymakers need not fly blind when it comes to defining the principles key to a successful revenue system. The most basic goal of tax policy is to raise enough revenue to meet the government's spending requirements in the way that has the least impact on the economy. Academic research suggests that, to meet this goal, a successful system should be simple, equitable, permanent, and predictable.
Jul 31, 2014

The mortgage interest tax deduction is often justified as promoting homeownership among the middle class and supporting industries that employ middle-class workers. The deduction also has broad public support: a recent survey found that six out of ten Americans oppose its elimination.
Apr 28, 2014

Mercatus Center research finds that a higher number of temporary tax breaks means more spending and investment in lobbying activities. Rather than emphasizing productive jobs, a growing supply of lobbying jobs emerges to protect various industries’ tax privileges. The Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, has noted that the tax extenders’ “stop and go nature obviously contributes to the lack of certainty and predictability needs to create more family wage jobs.”…
May 28, 2013

Washington has long used the federal tax code to advance objectives ranging from increasing "fairness" to granting a competitive advantage to favored businesses or industries. But riddling the code with special provisions has a price beyond the revenue lost from the tax breaks themselves.

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