Wisconsin Economy

  • Wisconsin’s Sales Tax Regressivity

    11.1.22. Junjie Guo and Kim J. Ruhl. It is widely believed that sales taxes are regressive: The total sales tax paid by a low-income household represents a greater share of its income compared with a high-income household.

  • Wisconsin’s economy: March 2022

    3.3.22. Kim Ruhl. By many indicators, the Wisconsin economy has recovered to pre-pandemic levels or beyond, while inflation has run high both in absolute terms and relative to the rest of the United States.

  • Forecasting the U.S. and Wisconsin Economies in 2022

    1.19.22. Junjie Guo and Noah Williams. This paper provides forecasts for the United States and Wisconsin economies in 2022. For each economy, we estimate a mixed-frequency vector auto-regression model using data both before March 2020 and after June 2020, with the extreme observations between March and June 2020 dropped to eliminate their impacts on the model estimates.

  • Fundamental State Tax Reform: Eliminating the Income Tax in Wisconsin

    12.16.21. Noah Williams. The state of Wisconsin has the oldest continuously operating state income tax in the United States. In this report I develop and analyze a plan to dramatically change that history.

  • The Wisconsin State Sales Tax

    11.11.21. Noah Williams. In addition to income taxes, which were discussed in my previous brief, the other main source of general purpose revenue for the state of Wisconsin is the general sales tax.

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