|Daron Acemoglu||MIT||Agree||5||Bio/Vote History|
|Alberto Alesina||Harvard||Did Not Answer||Bio/Vote History|
|Joseph Altonji||Yale||Agree||8||Bio/Vote History|
|Alan Auerbach||Berkeley||Strongly Agree||10||Bio/Vote History|
Like the mortgage interest deduction, the federal tax subsidy to employer-provided health insurance plans causes excess consumption.
|Katherine Baicker||Harvard||Agree||5||Bio/Vote History|
|Abhijit Banerjee||MIT||Agree||4||Bio/Vote History|
|Marianne Bertrand||Chicago||Agree||3||Bio/Vote History|
|Markus Brunnermeier||Princeton||Did Not Answer||Bio/Vote History|
|Raj Chetty||Stanford||Agree||5||Bio/Vote History|
|Judith Chevalier||Yale||Did Not Answer||Bio/Vote History|
|David Cutler||Harvard||Agree||7||Bio/Vote History|
|Angus Deaton||Princeton||Strongly Agree||7||Bio/Vote History|
|Darrell Duffie||Stanford||Uncertain||2||Bio/Vote History|
|Aaron Edlin||Berkeley||Agree||7||Bio/Vote History|
|Barry Eichengreen||Berkeley||Uncertain||5||Bio/Vote History|
|Liran Einav||Stanford||Agree||7||Bio/Vote History|
|Ray Fair||Yale||Agree||3||Bio/Vote History|
|Amy Finkelstein||MIT||Did Not Answer||Bio/Vote History|
|Pinelopi Goldberg||Yale||Did Not Answer||Bio/Vote History|
|Austan Goolsbee||Chicago||Agree||10||Bio/Vote History|
|Michael Greenstone||Chicago||Did Not Answer||Bio/Vote History|
Just scratches the surface of the reforms needed in health-care policy
I think so. It would be better to count employer-based health insurance as taxable income, but the Cadillac tax is better than nothing.
|Bengt Holmström||MIT||Uncertain||7||Bio/Vote History|
The Cad tax is meant to counter other distortions so this is a q of whether 4th best fixes 3rd best. An economist who says he knows is wrong
|Hilary Hoynes||Berkeley||Agree||7||Bio/Vote History|
The rate is too high. Better idea is to make insurance costs equally deductible for all.
|Steven Kaplan||Chicago||Agree||8||Bio/Vote History|
Depends on what happens to the rest of the Obamcare mandates and side payments that are still be litigated
|Pete Klenow||Stanford||Agree||3||Bio/Vote History|
|Jonathan Levin||Stanford||Did Not Answer||Bio/Vote History|
|Eric Maskin||Harvard||Agree||8||Bio/Vote History|
|William Nordhaus||Yale||Agree||6||Bio/Vote History|
|Emmanuel Saez||Berkeley||Agree||8||Bio/Vote History|
Even better would be to divorce the provision of health care from employment entirely, but that is probably not a realistic possibility.
|José Scheinkman||Princeton||Agree||7||Bio/Vote History|
|Richard Schmalensee||MIT||Did Not Answer||Bio/Vote History|
|Carl Shapiro||Berkeley||Agree||6||Bio/Vote History|
It will reduce distortions, but I'm not sure by how much
|Richard Thaler||Chicago||Agree||5||Bio/Vote History|
The basic reasoning for the tax is sound, but the market is so rife with imperfections that our simple models might be quite misleading.
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