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Technology and Taxes

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Tax scholars debated policy issues affecting technology and innovation at the National Tax Association’s Spring Symposium May 13 and 14. Among the presentations, Peter Merrill of PricewaterhouseCoopers argued that to alleviate economic distortions the U.S. should reduce corporate taxes and place less reliance on the taxation of worldwide income.  Merrill emphasized the growing importance of intangible assets. Harvey Rosen of Princeton University and former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers said economists widely agree that a value added tax is equivalent to a tax on wages. Jason Furman, Deputy […]

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Research Roundup #1

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Today we kick off the Research Roundup, a new feature on the TPI blog. This semi-regular series highlights recently published articles and working papers related to our research interests by authors outside of the Technology Policy Institute. TPI scholars do not necessarily agree with all the articles featured here—in fact, some of us may disagree completely with authors’ arguments or conclusions. Nevertheless, we believe that promoting literature on different sides of these debates encourages well-rounded and informed discussion. These papers are typically culled from new postings on SSRN, but we […]

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Google’s Acquisition of AdMob

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A decision by the FTC on whether to allow Google’s acquisition of AdMob to go forward is imminent and Tech Daily Dose today referenced a blog post by mobile app developer Wertago about its experience with the FTC staff investigating the deal.  Its a very interesting little essay and I recommend it to anyone interested in how the antitrust agencies review mergers in the technology sectors.   Wertago is a customer in this market, so they would be expected to be concerned if the proposed acquisition was anticompetitive. One of […]

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Welcome to the TPI Blog

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With Technology Policy Institute now in its 3rd year and growing in both size and scope, the time seems right to launch a platform where our scholars can opine on issues affecting the greater global digital economy.   We will strive to bring you pertinent reaction to and thoughtful commentary on the latest events in technology policy.  We hope the TPI blog becomes a welcome addition to your RSS feed reader or morning reading list.

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