Spring 2017
Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium
Tuesday, 4:00-5:50 p.m., Vanderbilt Hall-208
Professor Daniel Shaviro and Professor Rosanne Altschuler


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 23
Lily Batchelder, New York University School of Law
"Accounting for Behavioral Biases in Business Tax Reform: The Case of Expensing"

January 30
Mark Gergen, Berkeley Law School
"How to Tax Global Capital"

February 6
Alan Auerbach, Berkeley Economics Department
"U.S. Inequality, Fiscal Progressivity, and Work Disincentives: An Intra-generational Accounting"

February 13
Allison Christians, McGill Law School. 
"Human Rights at the Borders of Tax Sovereignty"

February 21
Jason Oh, UCLA Law School
"Are the Rich Responsible for Progressive Marginal Rates?"

February 27
Steven Shay, Harvard Law School
"A Better Way' Tax Reform: Theory and Practice"

March 6
Scott Dyreng, Duke Business School
"Trade-offs in the Repatriation of Foreign Earnings"

March 20
Daniel Hemel, University of Chicago Law School.
"Federalism as a Safeguard of Progressive Taxation"

March 27
Leonard Burman, Urban Institute
"Is U.S. Corporate Income Double-Taxed?"

April 3
Kathleen Delaney Thomas, University of North Carolina Law School
"The Taxing the Gig Economy"

April 10
Julie Cullen, U.C. San Diego, Department of Economics
"Political Alignment and Tax Evasion"

April 17
Miranda Perry Fleischer, University of San Diego Law School
"The Libertarian Case for a Universal Basic Income"

April 24
Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan Business School
"Taxing Hidden Wealth: The Consequences of U.S. Enforcement Initiatives on Evasive Foreign Accounts"

May 1
Richard Vann, University of Sydney Law School
"International tax post-BEPS: Is the corporate tax really all that bad?"

Schedules from prior semesters:

2017 Schedule

2016 Schedule

2015 Schedule

2014 Schedule

2013 Schedule