Read more in the Special Issue just published in Public Finance Review. Here are some of the questions that the James Alm and Steven Sheffrin of Tulane University address:
Are the goals we have for our tax system mutually incompatible? This is the
question that we posed to a distinguished group of tax economists at a conference
hosted by the Murphy Institute and the Department of Economics at
Tulane University in October 2012. More specifically, we asked whether
the US economy faced a ‘‘fiscal trilemma’’: Can the three goals of revenue
adequacy, fairness, and promotion of economic growth all be achieved, or
do we have to sacrifice one of these goals to meet the others?