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International Institute of Public Finance

77th Annual Congress of the IIPF
August 18–20, 2021

as communicated in the paper notification message on 28 April 2021

Unfortunately, the continued Covid-19 crisis has forced the IIPF to organize the congress in a virtual format. Given the slower than expected vaccine rollout, it is likely that quarantine measures may be in place for individuals who are traveling without a vaccine. Therefore, the IIPF has decided to host the congress online. So, please refrain from making travel arrangements for Reykjavik.

We anticipate that the virtual format will be similar to last year’s Congress. The dates remain fixed from August 18-20, 2021. With respect to the time of day, the Congress will be scheduled on GMT. Further details will be posted to the Congress website.

The Congress registration fee will be 120 Euros for presenters and 80 Euros for (PhD) student presenters. Please note that IIPF requires all congress presenters and participants to be or become members of the association.

Finally, for this year’s Congress we will attempt to include several planned virtual social events. In addition, we will arrange networking sessions where junior scholars are matched to senior scholars in their field. Further details on these events will be forthcoming.

We are very sorry to not welcome you in Reykjavik this year, but we hope to meet you online in August!

Further information and the Call for Papers are available here and on the congress website.

Budapest Public Finance Seminar on Sustainability of Public Finances

The Hungarian State Treasury organises the Budapest Public Finance Seminar under the title „Sustainability of Public Finances“.
The Budapest Public Finance Seminar will be held on 20 May 2021 via Microsoft Teams system of the Ludovika-University of Public Service.

For more information please click the program and visit the website.

13th IIPF and CESifo Richard Musgrave Lecture on 24 March 2021

In 2008, the CESifo Group and the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) established the Richard Musgrave Visiting Professorship, to honour the memory of one of Public Finance's greatest scholars. The award winner is chosen through a formal selection process by the President and Vice Presidents of IIPF together with the President of the CESifo Group.

The committee selected Mihir A. Desai (Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School) as the 2021 award winner.

He will deliver the thirteenth Richard Musgrave Lecture on the topic of „Myths and Mysteries of the Corporate Income Tax“ on 24 March 2021 (online event, starting at 6 pm CET).

Further information can be found here.

Call for Papers: NIPFP – IIPF International Conference on „Papers in Public Economics“

National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, India, in collaboration with International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF), Munich, invites you to submit papers in Public Finance for the forthcoming International conference on “Papers in Public Finance” on June 29-30, 2021 (online). The conference aims to focus on conceptual and empirical research and methodological advancements in public economics, with a special focus this year on fiscal policy in the time of covid pandemic in Asia. However, the conference is not confined to this topic. The papers are invited from academia and policy practioners on issues broadly in the area of public economics. Further information can be found in the Call for Papers.

Deadline for Paper Submission: April 30, 2021 (NEW)

Scientific Committee Chairs: Prof. Lekha Chakraborty (NIPFP and Member, IIPF Board), Prof. Paola Profeta (Università Bocconi and Member, IIPF Board).

IMF book launch: Corporate Income Taxes under Pressure: Why Reform Is Needed and How It Could Be Designed

The International Monetary Fund published a book on the difficulties of the current international corporate income tax system.
Published in February 2021.
Editors: IIPF Vice President Victoria Perry together with Ruud de Moj and Alexander Klemm (all IMF).
Read more on the IMF website.

Call for Papers: 2021 ZEW Public Finance Conference | Online

The conference will take place on 6 and 7 May 2021. Any further information about the conference and the call for papers can be found here. The deadline for submissions is 19 February 2021.

Call for Papers: Special issue of the Journal of Economics and Statistics on “Redistribution in a Globalized World”

The Journal of Economics and Statistics will host a special issue on the topic of “Redistribution in a Globalized World”. Papers on any related topic are welcome, including regional inequality, redistributive tax or spending policies, optimal progressivity, interregional inequality, social insurance systems, fiscal competition, and the mobility of people, businesses, profits and factors. Academics and practitioners are invited to submit papers for the special issue by October 1, 2021.

The Journal of Economics and Statistics is a refereed journal, with a focus on applied empirical research. It is one of the oldest economic journals, publishing papers since 1863.

For further details, please click here to read the full call for papers.

76th Annual Congress of the IIPF | Online
August 19–21, 2020

The IIPF held its 76th Annual Congress in an online format. The Local Organizers for the planned congress in Reykjavik, Iceland, agreed not only to organize the – hopefully – physical congress 2021 in Reykjavik, but to also organize this year's online congress. The online sessions were administrated from Reykjavik and delivered via Hopin.to.

The program included Keynote lectures, more than 70 working group sessions with almost 300 papers, the traditional opening and closing / award ceremonies as well as the General Assembly of IIPF members.

A report on the congress and the videos of the keynote lectures are available here.

12th IIPF and CESifo Richard Musgrave Lecture on 15 December 2020

In 2008, the CESifo Group and the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) established the Richard Musgrave Visiting Professorship, to honour the memory of one of Public Finance's greatest scholars. The award winner is chosen through a formal selection process by the President and Vice Presidents of IIPF together with the President of the CESifo Group.

The committee selected Claus Thustrup Kreiner (Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI) at the University of Copenhagen) as the 2020 award winner.

He delivered the twelfth Richard Musgrave Lecture on the topic of “Behavioral Heterogeneity, Inequality and Public Policy” on 15 December 2020 (online event).

Further information as well as the link to the lecture video can be found here.

Call for Applications: Distinguished Research Fellowships at TU Dresden

Starting from 2021, the Faculty of Business and Economics of Technische Universität Dresden will grant up to three Distinguished Research Fellowships for internationally renowned scholars per year. Key objectives of the newly established Fellowship program are to foster innovative ideas and initiate exciting, vibrant research collaborations; to support the development of PhD students and early-career scholars (e.g., postdocs) of the Faculty; as well as to further expand the international research network and activities of the Faculty.

Fellowship applications are open to all international scholars at the professor level, including outstanding assistant and associate professors, who:
(a) are active researchers in one of the following fields: information systems, business administration, and economics;
(b) work at a university or research institution, outside of Germany; and
(c) have no recent collaboration history with current members of TU Dresden's Faculty of Business and Economics (e.g., no joint research projects and/or publications within the last five years).

Application deadline is December 15, 2020. The first cohort of Distinguished Research Fellows will be awarded in spring 2021. Each Fellow will be provided with funds of up to 10,000 euros for the realization of a proposed research project (including travel, lodging, and other possible expenses associated with her/his stay at TU Dresden).

The application form, as well as additional information on the application process and the fellowships (selection process and criteria, fellow rights and obligations, etc.) are available under:

The passing of Erkki Koskela (1946–2020)

I am very sad to inform you that our colleague and friend Erkki Koskela passed away on June 28, 2020.
Please read the obituary written by Seppo Honkapohja.

Clemens Fuest
President of IIPF and CESifo

The passing of Agnar Sandmo (1938–2019)

It is my sad duty to inform you that our friend and colleague Agnar Sandmo passed away on 30 August 2019, aged 81.

Agnar was a long-standing member of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF). Furthermore he was also a founding member of the Center for Economic Studies (CES) Council and the CESifo network, as well as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the ifo Institute and CESifo. We are deeply indebted to him for his contributions to us.

Please read the obituary written by Hans-Werner Sinn.

Clemens Fuest

New Master in Taxation launched at the WFI – Ingolstadt School of Management (Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt)

A new Master in Taxation will be launched at the WFI – Ingolstadt School of Management (Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt) in the winter term 2019/2020.

The master program combines public finance and business taxation. In addition to mandatory and elective courses on taxation, students can choose up to two minors: "Accounting & Auditing", "Business Law", "Digitization & Digital Businesses", or "Quantitative Methods". The master program Taxation qualifies for occupations in tax consultancy, tax-related occupations in ministries and international organizations, tax departments of corporations, or research in taxation. Students can spend up to two semesters at partner universities abroad. .

Further information is available on the website.

Relaunch of the Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice, Call for Papers

The following text has been submitted to IIPF for publication on its news website:
On behalf of the editorial team led by Emma Galli and Giampaolo Garzarelli we are delighted to announce the relaunch of the Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice (JPFPC). The journal was founded in 1983 by Professor Domenico da Empoli and relaunched in 2018 in partnership with Bristol University Press. With an outstanding, international editorial board, JPFPC will be revitalized in print and online while maintaining its commitment to publishing high quality, peer-reviewed research. JPFPC is unique in the international landscape of public economics journals, because it is committed to explicitly advancing knowledge in both public finance and public choice, reflecting an inclusive approach. To this end, we will be welcoming submissions from economics, as well as from cognate disciplines (geography, law, political science, sociology), that contribute to our understanding of the public economy and its broader constitutional, legal and political economy matrix.

IIPF website readers are kindly invited to sign up the journal's newsletter here and to find out more about the Journal's Aims and Scope and Editorial Board here.

Please read the Call for Papers if you are interested in submitting a paper.

Vito Tanzi writes about IIPF annual congresses

Professor Vito Tanzi, Honorary President of IIPF, published three books in which he reports on previous IIPF annual congresses.

Termites of the State: Why Complexity Leads to Inequality (Cambridge University Press, 2017) examines how the growth of the government's involvement in the economy has been accompanied by growing complexity which has facilitated, for some well connected or just lucky individuals, the getting of rents leading to growing inequality in the distribution of income. This book includes the most detailed "anatomy" of a public sector available in the literature.

In Russian Bears and Somali Sharks: Transition and Other Passages (New York, Jorge Pinot Books Inc., 2010) he examines seven economies that have undergone some kind of transition. The book comprises proceedings of the IIPF congresses in Italy (Taormina) 1979, Portugal 1995, and Russia 1999.

Peoples, Places and Policies: China, Japan and Southeast Asia (New York, Jorge Pinot Books Inc., 2008) describes two IIPF annual congresses, Korea 1992 and Kyoto 1997, as well as some events connected with them.
These books may contribute to the history of the IIPF and encourage IIPF members to relate similar experiences in future books.

Other titles recently published: The Economics of Government (Oxford University Press, 2020), Advanced Introduction to Public Finance (Edward Elgar, 2020), The Ecology of Tax Systems Factors that Shape the Demand and Supply of Taxes (Edward Elgar, 2018), Government Versus Markets: The Changing Economic Role of the State (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Dollar, Euros and Debt. How we got into the Fiscal Crisis and how we get out of it (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Dal Miracolo Economico al Declino?

Vito Tanzi's books can be purchased via Amazon.

The Passing of Peggy Musgrave (1924–2017)

An obituary has been sent to IIPF (and CESifo Network) members.

Please click here.

New Master in Economic Policy launched at the University of Lugano (Università della Svizzera italiana)

A new Master in Economic Policy will be launched at the University of Lugano, Switzerland, (Università della Svizzera italiana, USI) in September 2015. USI hosted the IIPF Annual Congress 2014.

The purpose of this master is to teach students how to analyze economic problems at the national as well as international level and how to identify the most appropriate policy instruments. It thus has quite an applied/policy character, which might differentiate it from many of the existing Master programs. The USI Master program provides particularly close interaction with faculty, given the small size of this university.

Further information is available in the flyer and on the website.

Fresh submissions are being welcomed by the peer-reviewed journal Advances in Taxation

Advances in Taxation publishes relevant, quality manuscripts from around the world on any aspect of federal, state, local, or international taxation including tax compliance, tax planning, tax policy issues, and current issues in tax.

The journal welcomes and encourages interdisciplinary research and a wide variety of research methods, including archival, experimental, survey, qualitative, case-based, legal and literature review approaches that are appropriate to the project.

Potential authors should note that manuscripts should be rigorous and of interest to a broad cross-section of scholars interested in taxation. The Editor will consider occasional publication of manuscripts related to tax education and good replications by doctoral students/faculty of earlier studies where there is an extension of the original paper e.g. through sample period, country of sample or other contribution.

Manuscripts are peer reviewed by two external academic experts and comments are sent back to authors within two to three months.

For further information please click here.

Historical time series on central government accounts?

The Research Center for Economic and Social History at the University of Zurich (www.fsw.uzh.ch) and the Swiss Federal Archives are developping homogenous time series from the key figures of the Swiss Federal Government accounts from 1848 until today. The aim is then to model a data base containing those time series and thus make it accessible for the public. Regarding this issue, we are looking for similar historical projects on centr

al/federal government accounts' time series which may have been realized in other countries.

Contact: Dr. Gisela Huerlimann, University of Zurich, E-Mail: fisfed@fsw.uzh.ch

Open Call: Program for Visiting Fellows

The newly created Center for Economic and Political Research on Ageing (CEPRA), established in the Institute of Economics at Universitvà della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano), is opening the 2013 Visiting Fellows Program.

Further information can be found here.

INOMICS Economics Job Market Report

INOMICS, the global online platform for economists, released the Economics Job Market Report, which presents insights into the current state of the econ academic job market.

The report is downloadable here.

Musgrave Fellowship from OTPR

The Office of Tax Policy Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has instituted a fellowship for Ph.D. students in honor of Richard Musgrave.

Further information here.

World Economics Association (WEA) Founded

The World Economics Association (WEA) was launched on May 16, 2011 and seeks to increase the relevance, breadth and depth of economics research.

Further information about WEA in general and WEA membership here.

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