Call for Papers: Conference on the Value Added of Value-Added Taxes
The conference is jointly organized by the World Bank, the Office of Tax Policy Research at the University of Michigan, Columbia University and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. It will take place in Washington, DC, USA, on May 9 and 10, 2019.
This conference aims to bring together leading researchers and policy makers to discuss recent research on value-added taxes (VATs), with relevance for lower-income countries. We invite submissions of empirical and theoretical work, addressing the revenue, efficiency and equity implications of VATs, and other questions related to the optimal design of VATs. A unique feature of the conference will be the blending of frontier academic research with the practical experience of policy makers from World Bank client countries.
Further information can be found in the Call for Papers. Submission deadline is November 15, 2018.
The European Commission is looking for specialists in customs and taxation
The European Commission is currently looking for highly talented and motivated administrators (AD7) in the field of customs and taxation. The new members of the civil service will mainly be recruited by the department responsible for EU policies on taxation and customs.
The deadline for applications is 13 November 2018. Further information on the vacancy and the application procedure can be found here.
IIPF Annual Congress 2018 in Tampere, Finland
The International Institute of Public Finance held its 74th Annual Congress in Tampere, Finland, from August 21 through 23, 2018. Around 430 delegates from 35 countries attended the congress. The main body of the conference consisted of 362 contributed papers. Three awards were given to young researchers. The theme of the congress, "The Impact of Public Policies on Labor Markets and Income Distribution", was highlighted by four plenary speakers: Gordon Dahl (University of California, San Diego), Henrik Kleven (Princeton University), Uta Schönberg (University College London) and Petra Todd (University of Pennsylvania).
Please follow this link to read the entire report on the congress.
10th 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 Michael P. Devereux, Oxford University, Said Business School/Centre for Business Taxation, as the 2018 award winner. On April 12, 2018 he delivered the tenth Richard Musgrave Lecture on the topic of "Taxing Profit in a Global Economy".
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.
IIPF Doctoral School 2017
The fourth IIPF Doctoral School took place from 23 to 25 May, 2017 in Munich, Germany at CESifo / Ifo Institute. Uwe Sunde (University of Munich) and Matteo Cervellati (University of Bologna) gave lectures on “Dynamics of Inequality”.
More information can be found 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.