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Time To Start Over On Deferred Compensation, Michael Doran Jan 2008

Time To Start Over On Deferred Compensation, Michael Doran

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

Writing good regulations--"good" in the sense of promoting the public interest--always presents challenges. Regulators must hit a small but important target where private conduct is brought within appropriate government control, but unnecessary compliance burdens and other deadweight costs are minimized. Even if they see the government's objectives clearly, regulators often have only a limited understanding of the underlying private activities. Moreover, regulators may be unaware of how their rules disrupt or distort those activities in socially harmful ways.

Regulators occasionally hit the target exactly. More often, they miss--though not by an intolerably wide margin (good enough for government ...


Intergenerational Equity In Fiscal Policy Reform, Michael Doran Jan 2008

Intergenerational Equity In Fiscal Policy Reform, Michael Doran

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

This article argues that the idea of evaluating government fiscal policy along the dimension of intergenerational equity is largely misguided. In sharp contrast to the intragenerational distribution of wealth--where government policy plays an active and commanding role in transferring resources between and among different groups--the intergenerational distribution of wealth is determined mainly by decisions of private actors that fall outside government policy and that may blunt or even reverse the distributional effects of government policy. Unless a far greater share of intergenerational transfers is brought within the scope of government fiscal policy through such unlikely measures as the confiscatory taxation ...