Making Work Pay: The Earned Income Tax Credit and Its Impact on America's Families

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This examination of the Earned Income Tax Credit examines its effects on income distribution, poverty, work, marriage, and family spending patterns. It provides a history of the program, explains how it works, and measures its overall impact. Ten chapters by economists, tax analysts, attorneys, and public policy researchers focus on work and marriage incentives, compliance problems, and the ways families use their payments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871545992
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
Part I The History of the Earned Income Tax Credit 13
Chapter 1 The Collision of Tax and Welfare Politics: The Political History of the Earned Income Tax Credit 15
Part II Work and Marriage Incentives 67
Chapter 2 Making Single Mothers Work: Recent Tax and Welfare Policy and its Effects 69
Chapter 3 The Impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Social Policy Reforms on Work, Marriage, and Living Arrangements 116
Chapter 4 Measuring the Effect of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Marriage Penalties and Bonuses 166
Chapter 5 The Optimal Design of the Earned Income Tax Credit 196
Part III Compliance Problems 235
Chapter 6 Noncompliance with the Earned Income Tax Credit: the Determinants of the Misreporting of Children 237
Chapter 7 Who Are the Ineligible Earned Income Tax Credit Recipients? 274
Part IV How Recipients Use Their Credit 299
Chapter 8 The Earned Income Tax Credit: Expectation, Knowledge, Use, and Economic and Social Mobility 301
Chapter 9 The Effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit on the Seasonality of Household Expenditures 329
Chapter 10 How Families View and Use the Earned Income Tax Credit: Advance Payment Versus Lump-Sum Delivery 366
Index 393
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