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.
2019 IIPF Annual Congress
The 75th Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance was held in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, from August 21 through 23, 2019.
Its Local Organizing Committee was chaired by Celine Azemar (Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, Scotland). The Scientific Committee was chaired by Bas Jacobs (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands) and Daniel Waldenström (Paris School of Economics, France).
The theme of the keynote speeches and panels was "Taxation and Mobility".
For further information please go to Annual Congress.
Call for Papers: 9th Conference on Mobility in a Globalised World
The conference will take place in Hamburg, Germany, on September 23 – 24, 2019. Any further information about the programme or the call of papers can be found here. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2019.
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.
11th IIPF and CESifo Richard Musgrave Lecture
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. Follow this link to learn more about the previous Richard Musgrave Visiting Professors.
The committee selected Professor Roger H. Gordon, Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, USA, as the 2019 award winner. On March 28, 2019 he delivered the 11th Richard Musgrave Lecture on "The Role of the Corporate Income Tax".
A video is available in the CESifo group's media library.
For more information please visit the CESifo event website.
Call for Papers: NTA 112th Annual Conference on Taxation, 2019
The 112th Annual Congress of the National Tax Association will be held in Tampa, Florida, from November 21 through 23, 2019.
Program chairs are Leslie Robinson (Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College) and Stefanie Stantcheva (Harvard University).
The conference will focus, as always, on policy-relevant research bearing on taxation and government spending. Submissions of papers on topics including, but not limited to, taxation and tax policies; expenditure policies; government budgeting; intergovernmental fiscal relations; and subnational, national, and international public finance are welcome. Submissions from the fields of accounting, economics, law, public policy, and tax administration are encouraged. Submissions will be accepted until June 1, 2019. The Call for Papers and further information are available here.
Call for Papers: Special Issue on Gender Perspectives in Public Economics – 2020
The following text has been submitted to IIPF for publication on its news website:
We are pleased to announce the call for papers on "Gender Perspectives in Public Economics" special issue of Hacienda Publica Española/Review of Public Economics. We encourage submissions of papers that measure the impact of public policy by gender, or account for gender in the design of policy. Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.
Hacienda Publica Española/Review of Public Economics is the leading journal on Public Economics in Spain and this Special Issue edition will be under the supervision of two invited editors: Alessandra Casarico and Paola Profeta from Bocconi University. All submitted papers will be peer reviewed following a high-quality and fast referee process. The publication of the special issue is planned for 2020.
Submission deadline: 30 June 2019.
See Call for Papers here.
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.
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 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.