Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium and Seminar

Spring 2016
Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium
Tuesday, 4:00-5:50 p.m., Vanderbilt Hall-208
Professor Daniel Shaviro and Professor Chris Sanchirico


The Colloquium offers students the opportunity to pursue tax policy and theory, along with related issues of public economics, at an advanced level. The primary focus of the Colloquium will be papers and works in progress by scholars from around the country, including NYU faculty. Students attend the afternoon Colloquium and participate in its discussions. In addition, each week the morning seminar component examines the paper scheduled for presentation at the Colloquium, including background issues that may help in understanding it. Students must prepare a short comment paper in 5 of the 14 weeks focusing on the upcoming paper, make a short in-class presentation on one of the papers, and submit to the conveners of the Colloquium a proposed question for the author in each week (after Week 1) when they are not submitting a comment paper or making an oral presentation.

Daniel Shaviro
Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation
New York University
School of Law
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Telephone: (212) 998-6187
Fax: (212) 995-4341



January 19 
Eric Talley, Columbia Law School
“Corporate Inversions and the Unbundling of Regulatory Competition”

January 26 
Michael Simkovic, Seton Hall Law School
“The Knowledge Tax”

February 2
Lucy Martin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Political Science
“The Structure of American Income Tax Policy Preferences”

February 9
Donald Marron, Urban Institute
“Should Governments Tax Unhealthy Foods and Drinks?"

February 23
Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, University of Michigan Law School
“Evaluating BEPS”

March 1
Kevin S. Markle, University of Iowa Business School
"The Effect of Financial Constraints on Income Shifting by U.S. Multinationals"


March 8 – Theodore Seto, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
“Preference-Shifting and the Nonfalsifiability of Optimal Tax Theory”

March 22 
James Kwak, University of Connecticut School of Law
“Reducing Inequality With a Retrospective Tax on Capital”

March 29 
Miranda Stewart, The Australian National University
“Transnational Tax Law: Fiction or Reality, Future or Now?"

April 5 
Danny Yagan, University of California at Berkeley Economics Department
"Partnerships in the United States: Who Owns Them and How Much Tax Do They Pay?"


April 12
Lily Kahng, Seattle University School of Law  
“Who Owns Human Capital?”

April 19
James Alm, Tulane Economics Department, and Jay Soled, Rutgers Business School
“Whither the Tax Gap?”

April 26
Jane Gravelle, Congressional Research Service
“Policy Options to Address Corporate Profit Shifting:  Carrots or Sticks?”

May 3
Monica Prasad, Northwestern University Department of Sociology
“The Popular Origins of Neoliberalism in the Reagan Tax Cut of 1981”


Schedules from prior semesters:

2015 Schedule

2014 Schedule

2013 Schedule