Employment effects of the earned income tax credit: Taking the long view

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Michael R. Strain

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The earned income tax credit (EITC) is the cornerstone US anti-poverty program for families with children, typically lifting millions of children out of poverty each year. Targeted to low-income households with children and only available to those whowork, the EITC contains strong incentives for nonworkers to become employed. Most of the existing economics literature focuses on federal EITC expansions in the 1980s and 1990s. This paper takes a longer view, studying all federal expansions since the program’s inception in 1975. We find robust evidence that EITC expansions increase the extensive margin of labor supply.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTax Policy and the Economy
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
Number of pages43
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameTax Policy and the Economy
ISSN (Print)0892-8649

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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