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NBER Conference on “Economic Impacts of Interjurisdictional Tax Competition”

To promote research on the economic effects of interjurisdictional tax competition, particularly with regard to businesses, the NBER, with generous support from Arnold Ventures, will convene a virtual conference on Friday, January 28, 2022. The conference will be organized by David Agrawal (University of Kentucky), James Poterba (MIT and NBER), and Owen Zidar (Princeton University and NBER). The conference will bring together researchers in accounting, economics, finance, law, and political science who approach tax competition issues from different perspectives.

Research on any issue pertaining to interjurisdictional competition in business tax policy is welcome. The NBER welcomes submissions of both empirical and theoretical research on all aspects of interjurisdictional business taxation, including papers by scholars who are early in their careers, who are not NBER affiliates, and who are from under-represented groups.

Submission deadline is November 10, 2021.

Further information can be found on the NBER 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 delivered the thirteenth Richard Musgrave Lecture on the topic of “Myths and Mysteries of the Corporate Income Tax” on 24 March 2021 (online event).

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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