Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Steve Randy Waldman — The opportunity cost of firm payouts

A lot of left-ish proposals these days, including high marginal tax rates at high incomes and bans on share buybacks, are about increasing the cost to firms of making payouts to rich shareholders, thereby reducing the opportunity cost of other uses of the money. Some of these proposals I think are solid. Some I think half-baked. [1] But the basic logic behind the proposals is missed I think by a lot of smart commentators.
The opportunity cost of firm payouts
Steve Randy Waldman

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