An Innovation and Competitiveness-Centered Approach to Deficit Reduction

Robert D. Atkinson January 7, 2014
January 7, 2014
An innovative approach to cutting the budget deficit while also boosting growth.

The "Washington Consensus" on the federal budget process is grounded in faulty economic theory which leads to a fixation on reducing the debt and a focus on putting "everything on the table," coming at the expense of growth-inducing investments and long-term economic growth. A new approach to the budget is required to accomplish the dual goals of reducing the budget deficit and growing the economy. This report presents a series of recommendations designed to focus federal spending and tax policy on investments that promote growth while also reducing the national debt.