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The recent debate over the 50p tax rate illustrates that academic debates conducted through newspaper letters pages are rarely productive: economists have an obligation to provide serious evidence for their claims

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Last week 20 economists wrote to the Financial Times urging the government to scrap the 50% marginal tax rate on incomes over £150,000. Alan Manning argues that while it is important for academics to influence debate on public policy, such ‘group’ letters are more about who is signing them than the content that they contain.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38406/1/blogs.lse.ac.uk-The_recent_debate_over_the_50p_tax_rate_illustrates_that_academic_debates_conducted_through_newspaper.pdf

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