The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Labor Supply of Married Couples

  title={The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Labor Supply of Married Couples},
  author={N. G. Eissa and Hilary Williamson Hoynes},
Over 18 million taxpayers are projected to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in tax year 1997, at a total cost to the federal government of about 25 billion dollars. The EITC is refundable, so any amount of the credit exceeding the family’s tax liability is returned in the form of a cash refund. Advocates of the credit argue that this redistribution occurs with much less distortion to labor supply than that caused by other elements of the welfare system. This popular view that the… CONTINUE READING


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