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The EITC Disincentive: A Reply to Dr. Hilary Hoynes


  • Paul Trampe


In the September issue Dr. Hilary Hoynes replies to my paper “The EITC Disincentive: The Effect on Hours Worked of the Phase-out of the Earned Income Tax Credit.†She criticizes my remarks about a figure in Eissa and Hoynes 2005, my downplaying the income effect and my not including a control variable in my own investigation. I reply to the substantial criticisms.

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  • Paul Trampe, 2008. "The EITC Disincentive: A Reply to Dr. Hilary Hoynes," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 5(1), pages 59-65, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:ejw:journl:v:5:y:2008:i:1:p:59-65

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    1. Nada Eissa & Jeffrey B. Liebman, 1996. "Labor Supply Response to the Earned Income Tax Credit," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 111(2), pages 605-637.
    2. Scholz, John Karl, 1996. "In-Work Benefits in the United States: The Earned Income Tax Credit," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 106(434), pages 156-169, January.
    3. Paul Trampe, 2007. "The EITC Disincentive: The Effects on Hours Worked from the Phase-out of the Earned Income Tax Credit," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 4(3), pages 308-320, September.
    4. Hilary Hoynes, 2007. "The EITC Disincentive: A Reply to Paul Trampe," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 4(3), pages 321-325, September.
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    Earned Income; Marginal Tax Rate; Phase-out; Phase-in; Plateau Region; Disincentive; Workforce Participation; Assistance;

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    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents


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