Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Leviathan is for wimps

Some Wall Street Journal opinion page musings on the proper role of the state from economists Edward Prescott and Lee Ohanian --

High tax rates—on both labor income and consumption—reduce the incentive to work by making consumption more expensive relative to leisure, for example. The incentive to produce goods for the market is particularly depressed when tax revenue is returned to households either as government transfers or transfers-in-kind—such as public schooling, police and fire protection, food stamps, and health care—that substitute for private consumption.