Spring 2018
Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium
Tuesday, 4:00-5:50 p.m., Vanderbilt Hall-208
Professor Lily Batchelder and Professor Daniel Shaviro 


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.

Lily Batchelder                                                                                              Daniel Shaviro
Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law                                    Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation
New York University                                                                                    New York University 
School of Law                                                                                                School of Law
40 Washington Square South                                                                    40 Washington Square South 
New York, NY 10012                                                                                    New York, NY 10012
Telephone: (212) 992-8156                                                                        Telephone: (212) 998-6187  
Fax: (212) 995-4341                                                                                     Fax: (212) 995-4341
lily.batchelder@nyu.edu                                                                               shavirod@mercury.law.nyu.edu 

January 16

Greg Leiserson, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
“Removing the Free Lunch from Dynamic Scores: Reconciling the Scoring Perspective with the Optimal Tax Perspective”

January 23
Peter Dietsch, University of Montreal Philosophy Department
“Tax Competition and Global Background Justice" 

January 30
Andrew Hayashi, University of Virginia Law School
“Countercyclical Tax Bases”

February 6
Gerald Auten, U.S. Treasury Department
“Income Inequality in the United States: Using Tax Data to Measure Long-Term Trends”

February 13
Vanessa Williamson, Brookings Institution
"How the Taxpaying Experience Obscures Low-Income Taxpayers and Shapes Attitudes about Progressivity”

February 27
Jacob Goldin, Stanford Law School
“Tax Benefit Complexity and Take-Up: Lessons from the Earned Income Tax Credit”

March 6
Lisa Philipps, Osgoode Hall Law School
“Gendering the Analysis of Tax Expenditures”

March 20
Lisa De Simone, Stanford Graduate School of Business
"Repatriation Taxes and Foreign Cash Holdings: The Impact of Anticipated Tax Reform"

March 27
Damon Jones, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

April 3
Ajay Mehrotra, American Bar Foundation and Northwestern University School of Law
“T.S. Adams and the Beginning of the Value-Added Tax”

April 10
Jason Furman, Harvard Kennedy School
“Should Policymakers Care Whether Inequality Is Helpful or Harmful For Growth?”

April 17
Emily Satterthwaite, University of Toronto Law School
“Electing into a Value-Added Tax: Survey Evidence from Ontario Micro-Entrepreneurs”

April 24
Wolfgang Schon, Max Planck Institute
“Taxation and Democracy”

May 1
Mitchell Kane, NYU Law School
"Collecting the Rent: The Global Battle to Capture MNE Profits"


Schedules from prior semesters:

2017 Schedule

2016 Schedule

2015 Schedule

2014 Schedule

2013 Schedule