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

  • Introduction to Capital Formation 101

    New Report Finds Tax and Regulatory Policies Holding Back Investment and Savings into the U.S. Economy

  • DOL’s Retirement Advice Rule: Helping or Harming Sound Retirement Planning?

    Executive Summary Since the Department of Labor (DOL) originally proposed its fiduciary rule in 2010, one of the focal points in the debate over retirement accounts has been the relationship between financial advisers and their clients, especially in relation to IRAs. Many individuals turn to professional advisers due to the difficulty of handling complicated financial […]

  • Why Is Capital Investment Consistently Weak in the 21st Century U.S. Economy?

    A new report sponsored by the ACCF and completed by The Aspen Institute program on Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century and the MAPI Foundation explores the various causes of sluggish capital investment, discusses the damaging implications this ongoing trend has had on U.S. productivity and economic growth, and finally suggests policy recommendations to stop the slide.

  • Special Report: Trade Promotion Authority – American Economy & Trade

    The President’s 2014 Trade Policy Agenda stresses the critical role of trade and investment in the Administration’s strategy to create jobs, promote growth and strengthen the middle class. However, Congress has failed to grant Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to the Executive Branch since the last one expired on July 1, 2007. This special report discusses […]

Recent Articles

  • What Will Really Fix America’s Unfair Tax System

    Else, tax inversions won’t go away. Nothing galvanizes bipartisan opposition quite like flawed tax policies, as the Obama Administration recently learned when 18 former high ranking U.S. Treasury officials of past administrations from both parties publicly rebuked Treasury Secretary Jack Lew for Treasury’s latest proposal to discourage corporate inversions. Their assessment was succinct: the Treasury’s […]

  • Introduction to Capital Formation 101

    New Report Finds Tax and Regulatory Policies Holding Back Investment and Savings into the U.S. Economy

  • Unleashing the Global Competitiveness of the U.S.

    Following the World Economic Forum’s wrap up of its recent annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, U.S. policymakers should return with strategies for strengthening America’s economic growth and augmenting our global competitiveness. A pessimism for global economic growth was a pervasive mood among CEOs at Davos, and the U.S. can demonstrate leadership by adopting some critical […]

  • Nash: The stealth devaluation inside China’s currency basket

    By Tony Nash and Worth Wray The People’s Bank of China caught the world off guard with its announcement Dec. 11 that the yuan’s exchange rate will no longer be managed in reference just to the U.S. dollar, but instead to a basket of currencies that includes the Russian ruble, Thai baht and Malaysian ringgit […]

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

  • 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.

  • Congressional Letter: Carbon tax would harm U.S. industrial competitiveness with no environmental benefit

    In a letter to Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), ACCF Executive Vice President George David Banks highlights ACCF support for climate mitigation and adaptation, but opposes policies that damage the industrial competitiveness of America and harm our middle class and poor. Accordingly, it disagrees with those who promote government regulation and measures like the national carbon tax that simply […]

  • “Conservative” folly: How the carbon tax undermines GOP climate policy

    Most observers would assume that the biggest impediment to creating a comfort zone for the GOP on energy and climate policy would be the climate skeptic or denier, as many far left environmentalists would say.  Surprisingly, this isn’t the case. In reality – and quite ironically, the most significant hurdle to creating a constructive approach […]

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

  • 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 […]

  • What Will Really Fix America’s Unfair Tax System

    Else, tax inversions won’t go away. Nothing galvanizes bipartisan opposition quite like flawed tax policies, as the Obama Administration recently learned when 18 former high ranking U.S. Treasury officials of past administrations from both parties publicly rebuked Treasury Secretary Jack Lew for Treasury’s latest proposal to discourage corporate inversions. Their assessment was succinct: the Treasury’s […]

  • IRS Data: Strong Markets Bolstered Capital Gains in 2014

    Net capital gains swelled 34.4 percent in 2014, according to preliminary data from individual tax returns. A healthy market was likely the reason for the jump, Pinar Cebi Wilber, a senior economist for the American Council for Capital Formation, told Bloomberg BNA in a May 27 interview.

  • Serious tax reform will address America’s investment crisis

    Last month, the Treasury Department issued its third and most stringent set of regulations aimed at curbing corporate inversions (the process by which an American business capitalizes on lower tax rates overseas by merging with a foreign company). “It sticks the rest of us with the tab and it makes hardworking Americans feel like the […]