Update on Saez and Zucman

by | May 14, 2023 | Debater Resources

If you are a high school debater focused on the topic of inequality, it shouldn’t take you long to discover The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay, by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.

S-Z claim that there has been growing inequality in the US and they propose draconian taxes on the rich to ameliorate that outcome.

However, Brookings Institution economist William Gale notes that S-Z use weird definitions of “income” and “taxes.” These definitions are different from conventional economics as well as common sense. Hoover Institution economist David Henderson argues that Zucman dishonestly manipulates data – sometimes even contradicting himself to arrive out apparently predetermined outcomes.


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