Jeremy Horpedahl

Jeremy Horpedahl

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Central Arkansas

Jeremy Horpedahl is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Central Arkansas, where he teaches principles of microeconomics and public finance. He is also an affiliated scholar with the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics. He has published several research papers and policy briefs with Mercatus on the federal and state tax systems. His research has been published in Econ Journal Watch, Public Finance and Management, the Atlantic Economic Journal, and Constitutional Political Economy. Dr. Horpedahl received his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2009 and was a Mercatus Center Ph.D. Fellow. He has also taught at Buena Vista University in Iowa and St. Lawrence University in New York.

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Jeremy Horpedahl | Jan 14, 2016
Taxpayers who make contributions to approved charitable organizations can deduct those contributions from their income before computing their tax liability. In fiscal year 2014, the deduction lowered taxes by $47 billion, with over 93 percent of the benefits going to tax filers under the individual income tax rather than the corporate tax. Most taxpayers would benefit from removing the deduction and lowering tax rates since most taxpayers do not use the deduction regularly. The only economic justification for the deduction would be to encourage donations to organizations that provide public goods or quasi-public goods. It is unclear, however, that the charitable deduction actually encourages private sector provision of these goods.
Jeremy Horpedahl | May 08, 2015
The CTC provides a significant subsidy to almost all tax- paying families with children, and the US federal and local tax codes contain many other provisions that subsidize child rearing. In the aggregate, the CTC subsidy to families with children has grown to nearly $60 billion, placing it among the list of the largest “tax expenditures” as defined by Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation.
Jeremy Horpedahl, Harrison Searles | Mar 06, 2014
Removing the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes would make taxes more equitable throughout the nation, as both high-tax and low-tax states are treated equally by the federal government. It may also provide an efficiency boost for states and localities, as they abandon some services that could be better provided by private companies. The removal of this deduction would also allow federal marginal tax rates to be cut across the board, providing a secondary boost to the economy while still remaining revenue-neutral at the federal level.
Jeremy Horpedahl, Harrison Searles | Sep 17, 2013
The US federal tax code contains a number of provisions designed to encourage individuals to save for retirement. These provisions allow individuals to avoid or defer taxes if they choose to set aside a portion of their income for future consumption. When all of these provisions are combined, they are the second largest “tax expenditure” category as defined by the Joint Committee on Taxation. The exclusion of retirement savings from taxation causes some economic distortions, which we will discuss in this paper. However, unlike some other tax expenditures, there is a strong economic rationale for not taxing savings. Higher rates of investment lead to higher rates of economic growth, and it may be sound policy for the tax code to encourage this behavior, even after considering the economic costs. Excluding retirement income from taxation may also make the tax system more efficient, even though most other tax expenditures reduce efficiency.

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