Tax Policy and Business

Course Code
BE 570
1.5 hours
  • Winter 18
  • Winter 20 (A)

Tax Policy and Business --- An analysis, from the business and government policy perspectives, of some of the largest government programs that shape the economic environment. The course begins with a theoretical treatment of the principles that should infuse an appropriate role of government in the economy, and proceeds to apply these principles to critical policy issues. The first seven weeks deals with federal income tax policy, focusing on how the tax system affects the economy and business decisions. An evaluation of the major proposals for income tax reform will be examined, including the flat tax and the national retail sales tax.

Taught By
Joel Slemrod
  • Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics
  • Professor of Economics
  • Chair, Department of Economics
  • Faculty Director, Office of Tax Policy Research
Joel Slemrod studies and writes about tax policy. In 1984-5 he was senior staff economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and...