Keith Ng was sceptical:
@EricCrampton @rsalmond @DeepRed6502 yeah good luck making EMTRs politically sexy.This morning, Sam Warburton rose to the challenge.
— Keith Ng (@keith_ng) May 14, 2014
Making EMTRs sexy. @EricCrampton @TVHE @keith_ng pic.twitter.com/6rPd19lAFD
— Sam Warburton (@Economissive) May 15, 2014
For the original graph, hit NZIER's paper on Working for Families.
@Economissive is consequently today's #FF.
* Update: Effective Marginal Tax Rates tell you what portion of your next dollar is kept by the government. It combines your headline marginal tax rate at your income level, your ACC contribution, and any reduction in income-contingent benefits. Income-linked benefits like Working For Families reduce with family income rather than just with personal income. Suppose you're a single-earner family on $40,000. The non-earning spouse wishes to re-enter the workforce. While the marginal tax rate will be low on part-time earnings, the effective marginal tax rate can be high because it scales with family income rather than with personal income. So the schedule above shows that, for some income ranges and in some family circumstances, you can effectively receive zero dollars out of a raise or from working more hours: the government claws it all back out of your WFF or other benefits.