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The Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation (IRET) was a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) economic research institute based in Washington, D.C., founded in 1977 by Dr. Norman B. Ture to conduct research on and analysis of the economic effects of tax, budget, and regulatory public policy initiatives.

IRET was a leader in offering guidance to policymakers regarding fundamental tax reform that would eliminate the bias against saving and investment in the tax system and lead to greater economic growth, efficiency, and competitiveness. It pioneered the dynamic modeling of the economic and budgetary effects of tax policy changes from a neoclassical perspective, emphasizing the incentive and price effects of taxes on people’s economic decisions.

A number of economists and tax policy experts contributed to IRET's research over the years. You can explore each author's contributions by clicking "Refine Search" and selecting their names from the dropdown below. In particular, three experts were central to IRET's success:

In 2012 IRET’s staff and modeling operations were absorbed by the Tax Foundation. Below, we’ve preserved IRET’s extensive body of work in a searchable archive. Click any of the reports below to download a corresponding PDF.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the articles below are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Tax Foundation.