Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium and Seminar

This colloquium will be offered in Spring 2016. Check back in prior to the Spring semester for the updated schedule.

Spring 2015
Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium
Tuesday, 4:00-5:50 p.m., Vanderbilt Hall-208
Professor Daniel Shaviro and Adjunct Professor Alan Viard


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


2015 Schedule

January 20
Brigitte Madrian, Harvard Kennedy School
"Does Front-Loading Taxation Increase Savings?
Evidence from Roth 401(k) Introductions"

January 27
David Kamin, NYU School of Law
"In Good Times and Bad: Designing Legislation That
Responds to Fiscal Uncertainty"

February 3
Kimberly Blanchard, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
"The Tax Significance of Legal Personality: A U.S. View"

February 10
Eric Toder, Urban Institute
"Lessons the United States Can Learn from other Countries' Territorial
Systems for Taxing Income of Multi-National Corporations"

February 24
Linda Sugin, Fordham Law School
"Invisible Taxpayers"

March 3
Ruth Mason, University of Virginia Law School
"Citizenship Taxation"

March 10
George Yin, University of Virginia Law School
"Protecting Taxpayers from Congressional Lawbreaking"

March 24
Leigh Osofsky, University of Miami School of Law
"The Case for Categorical Nonenforcement"

March 31
Shu-Yi Oei, Tulane Law School
"Can Sharing Be Taxed?"

April 7
Lillian Mills, University of Texas Business School
"Managerial Characteristics and Corporate Taxes"

April 14
Lawrence Zelenak, Duke University School of Law
"For Better And Worse: The Differing Income Tax Treatments
of Marriage at Different Income Levels"

April 21
David Albouy, University of Illinois Economics Department
"Should we be taxed out of our Homes? The Optimal Taxation of
Housing Consumption"

April 28
David Schizer, Columbia Law School
"Energy Tax Expenditures: Worthy Goals, Competing Priorities, and
Flawed Institutional Design"

May 5
Gregg Polsky, University of North Carolina School of Law
“A Compendium of Private Equity Tax Games”




Schedules from prior semesters:

2014 Schedule

2013 Schedule