Aparna Mathur is an economist who writes about taxes and wages. She has been a consultant to the World Bank and has taught economics at the University of Maryland. Her work ranges from research on carbon taxes and the impact of state health insurance mandates on small firms to labor market outcomes. Her research on corporate taxation includes the widely discussed coauthored 2006 "Wages and Taxes" paper, which explored the link between corporate taxes and manufacturing wages.
Instructor, 2001-2005; teaching assistant, 1999-2000, University of Maryland at College Park
Consultant, World Bank, Fall 2001
Research Assistant, Tata Energy Research Institute, New Delhi, Summer 1998
Ph. D., M.A., University of Maryland at College Park
M.A., Delhi School of Economics; B. A., Hindu College, Delhi University (India)
President Obama has positioned himself as champion of the middle class. In his State of the Union speech, he declared that it was "our generation's task" to "reignite the true engine of America's economic growth-a rising, thriving middle class." Repeatedly, he has appealed to the middle class as a means...
Tomorrow, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the January unemployment report. Given yesterday's news that the U.S. economy contacted by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, what should Americans expect from tomorrow's release?"The unemployment rate should hold steady in January. However, the poor GDP numbers for the...
Mathur, Slavov, and Strain respond to the argument by Diamond and Saez that the socially optimal top marginal income tax rate is around 73 percent. The authors argue that Diamond and Saez's analysis underestimates the distortive effect of a higher tax rate on real economic choices and embodies judgments about fairness that many Americans may find unacceptable.
After months of listening to campaign speeches, TV ads and debates, Americans headed to the polls on Tuesday and chose another four years of Barack Obama. But a successful second term will not come easily.