Media Type: Music Topic: Government & the Economy

The Beatles

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What is the implied rate of taxation in this Beatles song? Does this seem high to you? For comparison, what was the top marginal tax rate in the U.S. federal income tax code in 1960? In 1980? What incentives do you think are created when tax rates are this high? Why might lower tax rates be better from the standpoint of generating more government revenue?

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