Mark Keightley

Mark Keightley is an economist with the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in Washington DC. His research areas include corporate and business taxation, housing taxation, financial securities taxation, and macroeconomics. He serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University where he teaches graduate-level courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics, and investment. Mark was previously an associate at the Congressional Budget Office, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis, and an adjunct professor in the economics department of The George Washington University. He earned a BS in economics from the College of Charleston, and an MS and PhD in economics from Florida State University.

* The views expressed herein are those of the author and are not presented as those of the Congressional Research Service or the Library of Congress.

Writes about:

Corporate / business taxation, International taxation, Real estate tax policy, Finance, Macroeconomics.

Frequency of writing:


  • Articles by Mark Keightley

  • Revenue neutrality is an often-stated goal of tax reform proposals. Typically, revenue neutral tax plans are marketed as “lowering tax rates and broadening the base” in such away that the opposing revenue effects exactly offset each other.
  • As the United States continues to debate tax reform, one recurring idea is tapping into the tax revenue associated with the untaxed earnings held abroad by American corporations.
  • Outstanding student loan debt in America currently exceeds $1.3 trillion. Talk of rising college costs, fear of an impending student loan "bubble" burst, grim implications for marriage, homeownership, and retirement, and macroeconomic consequences have raised concern among parents, students, economists, and policymakers.
  • Competition is a term that appears frequently in debates and discussions about various economic policies around the world. Recently, the term has appeared more often as the spotlight has turned toward international tax issues.
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