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Episode 107 – What’s Wrong With Taxes?

In this episode, host Bob Needham chats with two professors from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan to tackle the question, “What’s wrong with taxes?” The panel discusses a brief history of taxes in the U.S., why income taxes are so complicated, ideas for reform, and more.  

At the end of the episode is a bonus research interview with Scott Rick, Associate Professor of Marketing, to discuss his research on the ways spouses shape each other’s spending habits. 

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About the participants

Hosts and Producers: Jeff Karoub and Bob Needham

Guests: Nirupama Rao, Joel Slemrod, and Scott Rick

Audio Engineer: Jonah Brockman

Featured Faculty
David Bradford Distinguished University Professor of Economics Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics
Professor of Economics
Chair, Department of Economics
Faculty Director, Office of Tax Policy Research