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These articles were written by Eugene Steuerle. He is an institute fellow at the Urban Institute and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury.

December 27, 1993
The Budget Impact Of Health Reform: The Big Questions.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle outlines what he believes are the largest areas of uncertainty with regard to the revenue and expenditure estimates accompanying health reform.
December 20, 1993
When Is A Tax A Tax?
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle explores whether the employer mandates in the administration's proposed health care reform plan are actually taxes.
December 13, 1993
Just How Progressive Is Health Reform?
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle explores whether health reform can achieve a substantial redistribution of income toward the poor.
December 6, 1993
Some Winners And Losers In Health Reform.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle looks at some of the possible winners and losers under the proposed health reform.
November 29, 1993
Individual Mandates And Health Reform.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle examines the administration's proposed health plan, arguing that its mix of employer mandates and individual mandates is unfair, inefficient, and inadministrable.
November 22, 1993
Does Income Measure Well-Being?
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle takes a look at the theories used to support notions of who should pay taxes versus who should receive assistance.
November 15, 1993
Measuring The Impact Of Job Subsidies: Is There A Double Standard?
Gene Steuerle argues that U.S. job subsidies programs are analyzed under different standards, making it difficult to determine which is best.
November 8, 1993
Tax Cheating And Health Reform.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle argues that the Clinton administration's health care reform proposal, with its system of mandates and subsidies, is not administrable as currently designed.
November 1, 1993
The Proposed Economic Segregation Of The U.S. Labor Market.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle looks at some of the unintended consequences on the labor markets that could occur if the president's health reform plan is enacted.
October 25, 1993
Two Problems For The Estimators.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle looks at how two of the president's pet projects -- reinventing government and health care reform -- present problems for revenue estimators who must deal with some of the unintended consequences of those changes.
October 18, 1993
Labor Market Responses To Health Reform.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle examines behavioral responses in the labor market to health reform.
October 4, 1993
Financing Dilemmas In Reforming Health Care.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle discusses the shortcomings of the recently proposed Clinton health reform plan.
September 27, 1993
Reinventing Government: Examples From The IRS.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle takes a look at past efforts of the IRS to "reinvent" itself.
September 20, 1993
After-Tax Interest Rates And Macroeconomic Policy Today.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle wraps up his discussion of the relationship between after-tax interest rates and macroeconomic policy.
September 13, 1993
After-Tax Interest Rates And Macroeconomic Policy.
In the first of a two-part column, Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle discusses the close link between fiscal and monetary policies and the effect of this relationship on interest rates.
September 6, 1993
Some Notes On 'Retroactive' Income Tax Increases.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle looks at the debate over retroactive income tax increases.
August 30, 1993
Charitable Giving In 1993.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle takes a look at how the new tax law with its steeper tax rates for higher-income taxpayers could affect charitable giving among the wealthy.
August 23, 1993
Measuring Expenditure Taxes.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle presents part two of his discussion of expenditure taxes, focusing on how they are measured.
August 16, 1993
Expenditure Taxes.
In the first of a two-part series, columnist Gene Steuerle explains the concept of tax expenditures, an imprecise, but useful, means of discussing and measuring expenditure-like programs that are put into the tax system.
August 9, 1993
Do The Facts Matter?
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle discusses how, in the current debate over the tax bill, proponents and opponents alike distort the facts to advance their own agendas.
August 2, 1993
Much Ado About Very Little.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle takes a look at the conference between the House and Senate on deficit reduction and some of the issues that unite and divide lawmakers in each house.
July 26, 1993
Alternative Sources Of Financing For Health Care.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle looks at various methods for financing health care and discusses some of the pitfalls associated with each of them.
July 19, 1993
Financing Health Care Reform.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle discusses the practical and political difficulties of financing health care reform.
July 12, 1993
The Postwar Consensus To Tax Workers And Families.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle discusses the disturbing postwar trend of moderate-income workers and families having to pay the cost of the federal government while it attempts to increase transfers to low-income individuals and reduce the cost of capital.
July 5, 1993
Frequent Flyer Miles: The Issue Is More Than Taxes.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle takes a look at some of the complications surrounding frequent flyer programs and finds that the issues go far beyond taxation.
June 28, 1993
The IRS Cannot Control The New Superterranean Economy.
In an open letter to the chief taxwriters, Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle warns of the growing problem of noncompliance with the earned income tax credit and of the IRS's failure to control the abuses.
June 21, 1993
Can The Executive Branch Regain Control Over Policy Development?
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle discusses the failure of Congress to accept the administration's economic stimulus package or its Btu tax and suggests how the administration can regain control over policy development.
June 14, 1993
Social Security: Another Blown Opportunity?
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle discusses the status reports issued annually by the board of trustess of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds and how they could be used by politicians to spearhead reform efforts to shore up the trusts.
June 7, 1993
How Much Will Tax Expenditures Grow?
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle takes a look at the complex process of estimating the cost of tax expenditures, such as special deductions, credits, and other preferences that are put into the tax code.
May 31, 1993
Community Rating Of Health: How Much Is Appropriate?
In the second of a two-part series on health costs and insurance, Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle asks whether society should return to a system of community rating, and, if so, should the system replace more formal tax and transfer systems.
May 24, 1993
Community Rating And Health Costs.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle begins a two-part series on how the current health care debate could affect the future of selling health insurance on the basis of community rating.
May 17, 1993
Eliminating Unintended Consequences Of Funding Limits On Pension Plans.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle explores the possible unintended consequences of a proposal in the Clinton economic package to place funding limits on pension plans.
May 10, 1993
The Rostenkowski-Moynihan-Dole Bill?
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle takes a look at some of the reasons the president's small stimulus package failed to garner the support of congressional lawmakers.
May 3, 1993
Taxing Social Security Benefits.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle finds justification for increasing the taxation of cash benefits received under Social Security.
April 26, 1993
The VAT And Consumption Tax Landscape
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle takes a look at different types of consumption taxes, including value-added taxes, that have been suggested from time to time to help cure a variety of domestic ills.
April 19, 1993
Bubbles, Bangles, And Beads: Fixing Up The Top Rate.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle looks at how politicians spin a web of confusion and contradictions to hide the real "top rate" of the federal income tax.
April 5, 1993
Dangerous Leaks Of Clinton Proposals Must Be Stopped.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle takes a look at the leaks that have occurred during the development of some of the Clinton administration's tax proposals.
March 29, 1993
Two Peas In A Pod -- The Deficit Cuts Of 1990 And 1993
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle finds amazing similarities between the budget proposals of the Clinton administration and those that were enacted in the 1990 budget agreement.
March 22, 1993
The Clinton Plan, Part 4 of 4.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle wraps up a four- part series on the Clinton economic plan.
March 15, 1993
The Clinton Plan, Part 3 of 4.
In the third of a series of articles, Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle discusses the Clinton administration's proposed budget, arguing that its enactment actually would cause net domestic spending (other than interest on the debt) to increase.
March 8, 1993
The Clinton Plan, Part 2 of 4
In the second of a series of articles, Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle discusses how the Clinton administration's budget proposal gambles on a more vibrant economy and containment of health care costs.
March 1, 1993
The Clinton Plan, Part 1 of 4
In the first of series of articles, Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle examines the Clinton budget plan, predicting what it could and could not achieve over time.
February 22, 1993
Nanny-Gate And Tax Simplification.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle argues that the current flap over child care and taxation has raised to the fore the need for simplification of the tax and reporting laws with respect to child care.
February 15, 1993
A Tribute To Bill Gradison.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle offers a tribute to recently retired Rep. Willis Gradison, R-Ohio.
February 8, 1993
Limits On The Home Mortgage Interest Deduction.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle suggests new limits on the home mortgage interest deduction.
February 1, 1993
On The Organization Of Government.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle looks at the organization of the federal government and how the present organization serves the taxpaying American public.
January 25, 1993
Generational Politics.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle looks at the passing of the political and economic baton from the World War II generation to the baby boom generation and the immensely different economic landscape on which this generation will leave their mark.
January 18, 1993
The Last Bush Budget.
This week, Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle looks at the fiscal 1994 budget that was submitted by the outgoing Bush administration and analyzes its admittedly incomplete projections.
January 11, 1993
The Core Of A Domestic Policy Agenda?
Gene Steuerle looks at President-elect Clinton's leanings on four important and controversial domestic policy issues -- accounting for the long-term deficit, credits for children, Social Security for the long run, and health care tax benefits.
January 4, 1993
Macro-Assumptions: The First Test Of Economic Decisionmaking In The Clinton Administration.
Economic Perspective columnist Gene Steuerle examines one of the most important and mundane tasks the Clinton administration will face -- setting the economic assumptions under which the next year's budget actions will be considered.
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