Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tax Law Made Financialization Happen

After the 1982 recession, a straight-line increase of financial assets up to 50% of total corporate assets. As much as half the assets are financial assets.
Half the assets of non-financial corporations are now financial assets.
Tax law made that happen. I'm sure of it.
Read it at The New Arthurian Economics
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By The Arthurian

From the comments:

The Arthurian said...

The implication, of course, is that tax law can make it NOT happen, too. Tax law can reduce this imbalance, and change things back to the way they were.
Of course, we must first be aware of the imbalance and see it as a problem.
Woj said...
I completely agree with this view. Unfortunately the struggle making the public concerned with these tax distortions. So much of discussion today is focused on monetary or fiscal policy, but not the enormous number of imbalances created through tax expenditures or other tax laws (which don't show up as spending or even directly count against the budget deficit). This will be an uphill battle but it's definitely worth it.

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