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Effective Stimulus: Food Stamps vs. Tax Cuts


Bivens is an economist at the Economic Policy Institute, which has posted information contrasting the economic benefits of various stimulus provisions, per dollar spent:

Food stamps: $1.73
Extend unemployment benefits: $1.64
Infrastructure spending: $1.59
Aid to states: $1.36

In contrast:

Make dividend and capital
gains tax cuts permanent: $0.37
Corporate tax cuts: $0.30
Make Bush tax cuts permanent: $0.29

Data based on Moody’s

See “A meaningful stimulus for Main Street.”

Bivens is author of Everybody Wins, Except for Most of Us: What Economics Teaches About Globalization and the recent briefing paper “A Feeble Recovery: The fundamental economic weaknesses of the 2001-07 expansion.”

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167