William G. Gale

Arjay and Frances Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy, The Brookings Institution

William Gale is the Arjay and Frances Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on tax policy, fiscal policy, pensions and saving behavior. He is co-director of the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. He is also director of the Retirement Security Project. From 2006 to 2009, he served as vice president of Brookings and director of the Economic Studies Program.

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Creating an American Value-Added Tax

Papers • February 2013 • William G. Gale, Benjamin H. Harris

Creating a value-added tax (VAT) in the United States could raise revenue in a manner that does not distort saving and investment choices. William Gale and Ben Harris consider how a VAT could be designed to help address the nation’s fiscal challenges.


Increasing Annuitization of 401(k) Plans with Automatic Trial Income

Papers • June 2008 • William G. Gale, Benjamin H. Harris

This paper proposes a policy that would increase the role of lifetime income products in future retirees’ overall retirement planning.

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Reforming Taxation in the Global Age: Panel One: Tax Reform: Strategies and Specifics

June 12, 2007 • Audio

Full audio of Panel One: "Tax Reform: Strategies and Specifics" from the event Reforming Taxation in the Global Age


Reforming Taxation in the Global Age

Events • June 12, 2007 • Washington, DC

A two-part forum and release of a new set of policy proposals that address the challenges of reforming the U.S. tax system.


Improving Opportunities and Incentives for Saving by Middle- and Low-Income Households

Papers • April 2006 • William G. Gale, Benjamin H. Harris

Many middle- and low-income Americans retire without having accumulated sufficient savings to enjoy a comfortable retirement. This paper proposes changing the default features of retirement savings and creating new matching programs to incentivize people to save. 

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