Economic Policy

For nearly thirty years, the ACCF and its research affiliate, the ACCF Center for Policy Research, have brought the message to U.S. and international policymakers, the media, and the public that a nation's strength and stability depend upon well-thought-out economic, regulatory, and environmental policies to promote capital formation, economic growth, and a higher standard of living for all.

Research Publications & Testimony

Recent Articles

  • Trump’s Foreign Policy Will Be Proven Right

    Many of Donald Trump’s comments on foreign relations have left experts and former policymakers scratching their heads, and, in some cases, hostile to his candidacy for president. Case in point are the 50 former foreign policy officials from Republican administrations who last month announced they wouldn’t vote for Trump because he has “demonstrated repeatedly that […]

  • Corporate tax reform is vital to boosting America’s growth

    ACCF Scholar Robert Gordon on the importance of capital formation to our economic recovery.

  • Trump’s instincts are correct on Russia

    Scary. Dangerous. Insane. Those are the words critics, including some key conservatives, use to describe Donald Trump’s informal courtship of Russian President Vladimir Putin. For the vast majority of America’s establishment, Trump’s remarks are simply unthinkable. But what if Trump is on the right track? What if the experts are missing what’s truly at stake […]

  • Op-Ed: Candidates should stump on capital formation

    This year’s election cycle has been unpredictable, to say the least. Time and time again, the Washington punditry has been trumped (no pun intended) by the latest pivot away from campaign orthodoxy. While political calculations have proven as dicey as a Vegas roulette table, it’s a safe bet the economy will be front and center […]

Energy and Climate Change Policy

ACCF is an internationally recognized economic authority on energy and environmental policy issues. Because energy use and economic growth go hand in hand, policymakers should develop a flexible, long-term approach to reducing the growth of greenhouse gases (GHGs). This will require a global effort based on technological innovation and technology transfer to developing countries where GHG emissions growth is most rapid. In addition, U.S. tax policies should be reformed to reduce the cost of capital for new energy efficient and pollution control technologies.

Research Publications & Testimony

Recent Articles

  • Why a Price on Carbon Is Unlikely in the U.S. Anytime Soon

    George David Banks cites a number of obstacles, starting with GOP opposition in Congress The chatter among policy makers and market observers is getting louder: A formal price on carbon is imminent. Analysts point to the Paris climate agreement as generating momentum for global climate mitigation. They also say that a more-liberal U.S. Supreme Court […]

  • Climate is a top campaign issue. Just don’t say ‘Clean Power Plan’

    “Right now, we’ve had really one big carbon regulation, and that’s the Clean Power Plan,” Banks said. “When you start saying we’re going to also regulate steel, refining, paper and pulp … it starts feeling like this agenda is totally out of control.”

  • When shaping tax reform, let’s not single out oil and gas industry

    When it comes to policymaking, it’s important to be forward-thinking and consider the unintended consequences that may result. This is especially critical when it comes to crafting tax policy that can have lasting ripple effects across the nation’s economy. The U.S. tax code was last updated in 1986. Many experts and policymakers agree that a […]

  • 10-Year Review of Renewable Fuel Standard Impacts to the Environment, the Economy, and Advanced Biofuels Development: An Update

    The current federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has failed over the past 10 years to deliver on its stated objectives, relying far too heavily on high environmental-impact corn ethanol as a mandated fuel source. That’s the key finding of a new study prepared by University of Tennessee professor Dr. Daniel De La Torre Ugarte. The report is released in advance of EPA’s recently announced plan to increase corn ethanol mandates for 2017.

Tax Policy

For three decades, the American Council for Capital Formation has been a leading and effective advocate of sound economic policies to promote sustained economic growth, job creation, and international competitiveness. With its bipartisan approach, the breadth and diversity of its support in the business community, and long experience working with policymakers and the media, the ACCF has been instrumental in focusing attention on the need for economic policies to enhance capital formation.

Research Publications & Testimony

Recent Articles

  • Apple and Microsoft might be new poster children for tax reform

    This month’s big news for tech addicts was the unveiling of the next generation iPhone 7. Apple hopes that, like earlier updates, this will be another success for its bottom line. However, no new success comes without a headache. For Apple, that may mean more money stashed overseas and the increased risk of facing the […]

  • Corporate tax reform is vital to boosting America’s growth

    ACCF Scholar Robert Gordon on the importance of capital formation to our economic recovery.

  • Op-Ed: Candidates should stump on capital formation

    This year’s election cycle has been unpredictable, to say the least. Time and time again, the Washington punditry has been trumped (no pun intended) by the latest pivot away from campaign orthodoxy. While political calculations have proven as dicey as a Vegas roulette table, it’s a safe bet the economy will be front and center […]

  • When shaping tax reform, let’s not single out oil and gas industry

    When it comes to policymaking, it’s important to be forward-thinking and consider the unintended consequences that may result. This is especially critical when it comes to crafting tax policy that can have lasting ripple effects across the nation’s economy. The U.S. tax code was last updated in 1986. Many experts and policymakers agree that a […]