Florian Scheuer

Florian Scheuer is the UBS Professor of Economics of Institutions at the University of Zurich. He was previously on the faculty at Stanford University, a visiting professor at Harvard University and UC Berkeley, and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He obtained his PhD in Economics from MIT. His research connects the fields of public finance, economic theory, macroeconomics and political economy. In particular, he has studied the policy implications of rising inequality. His work has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Review of Economic Studies, among other journals. He is director of the Review of Economic Studies and was co-editor of Theoretical Economics from 2018 to 2022. He is also co-director of the Working Group on Macro Public Finance (MPF) at the NBER and was awarded the Gossen Prize for the best economist in German-speaking countries under the age of 45.

Do Wealth Taxes Significantly Curb Wealth Inequality?

Politicians and governments in the United States and elsewhere have recently proposed or implemented wealth taxes to supplement revenue and reduce wealth inequality. In a new study, Samira Marti, Isabel Z. Martínez, and Florian Scheuer show how decreases in wealth taxes led to increases in wealth inequality in Switzerland, though they find that these decreases alone are not enough to explain the magnitude of widening disparities.

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