Casey B. Mulligan

Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

Casey B. Mulligan, professor of economics at the University of Chicago, received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1993 and has also served as a visiting professor teaching public economics at Harvard University, Clemson University, and the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. He is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and is codirector of the Health Economics Initiative at the Becker-Friedman Institute. He has received awards and fellowships from the Manhattan Institute, the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, and the John M. Olin Foundation. His research covers capital and labor taxation, the gender wage gap, health economics, Social Security, voting, and the economics of aging.

Mulligan has written widely on discrepancies between economic analysis and conventional wisdom.  He is the author of Side Effects and Complications: Economic Consequences of Health-Care Reform, The Redistribution Recession, and Parental Priorities and Economic Inequality. He has also written numerous op-eds and blog entries for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the Chicago Tribune, blogsupplyanddemand.com, and other blogs and periodicals.

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Monopolies Are Unhealthy, But High Taxes Make The Disease Worse

by Casey B. Mulliganvia The Hill
Friday, March 30, 2018

Taxes are necessary to fund worthy government activities, but taxes come with side effects. The side effects can be especially harmful in an economy where businesses enjoy monopoly power.

Analysis and Commentary

Honey, Obama Shrunk The Economic Pie

by Casey B. Mulliganvia The Hill
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Last week the White House released the latest Economic Report of the President that, following both statute and tradition, begins with a short letter to Congress from President Trump, followed by the detailed annual report of his Council of Economic Advisers.

Analysis and Commentary

At 21 Or 20 Percent, New Corporate Tax Rate Will Boost US Economy

by Casey B. Mulliganvia The Hill
Monday, December 18, 2017

Since the 1990s, U.S. corporations have been subject to one of the highest statutory tax rates in the world. The high rate has caused them to rearrange their affairs to avoid investing, especially in lines of business subject to the full rate, and thereby reducing productivity and workers’ wages.

Fiscal policies and the prices of labor: a comparison of the U.K. and U.S.

by Casey B. Mulliganvia Springer Open
Friday, August 11, 2017

This paper measures the 2007–13 evolution of employment tax rates in the U.K. and the U.S. The U.S. changes are greater, in the direction of taxing a greater fraction of the value created by employment, and primarily achieved with new implicit tax rates. Even though both countries implemented a temporary “fiscal stimulus,” their tax rate dynamics were different: the U.S. stimulus increased rates, whereas the U.K. stimulus reduced them. The U.K. later increased the tax on employment during its “austerity” period. Tax rate measurements are a first ingredient for cross-country comparisons of labor markets during and after the financial crisis.

How Many Jobs Does ObamaCare Kill?

by Casey B. Mulliganvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

We surveyed managers at small businesses and put the count at 250,000.