Thursday, December 23, 2010


Mark Zandi, of Moody's, has estimates of the most stimulative methods for igniting the economy.

Fiscal Stimulus Bang for the Buck

Source: Moody's

Bang for the Buck

Nonrefundable Lump-Sum Tax Rebate 1.01
Refundable Lump-Sum Tax Rebate 1.22
Payroll Tax Holiday 1.24
Job Tax Credit 1.30
Across-the-Board Tax Cut 1.02
Accelerated Depreciation 0.25
Loss Carryback 0.22
Housing Tax Credit 0.90
Extend Alternative Minimum Tax Patch 0.51
Make Bush Income Tax Cuts Permanent 0.32
Make Dividend and Capital Gains Tax Cuts Permanent 0.37
Cut in Corporate Tax Rate 0.32
Extending Unemployment Insurance Benefits 1.61
Temporary Federal Financing of Work-Share Programs 1.69
Temporary Increase in Food Stamps 1.74
General Aid to State Governments 1.41
Increased Infrastructure Spending 1.57
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 1.13

Note: The bang for the buck is estimated by the one-year dollar change in GDP for a given dollar reduction in federal tax revenue or increase in spending.

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