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10th IIPF and CESifo Richard Musgrave Lecture

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. Follow this link to learn more about the previous Richard Musgrave Visiting Professors.

The committee selected Professor Michael P. Devereux, Oxford University, Said Business School/Centre for Business Taxation, as the 2018 award winner. On April 12, 2018 he delivered the tenth Richard Musgrave Lecture on the topic of "Taxing Profit in a Global Economy".

A video is available in the CESifo group's media library http://mediathek.cesifo-group.de.
For more information please visit the CESifo event website.

Relaunch of the Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice, Call for Papers

The following text has been submitted to IIPF for publication on its news website:
On behalf of the editorial team led by Emma Galli and Giampaolo Garzarelli we are delighted to announce the relaunch of the Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice (JPFPC). The journal was founded in 1983 by Professor Domenico da Empoli and relaunched in 2018 in partnership with Bristol University Press. With an outstanding, international editorial board, JPFPC will be revitalized in print and online while maintaining its commitment to publishing high quality, peer-reviewed research. JPFPC is unique in the international landscape of public economics journals, because it is committed to explicitly advancing knowledge in both public finance and public choice, reflecting an inclusive approach. To this end, we will be welcoming submissions from economics, as well as from cognate disciplines (geography, law, political science, sociology), that contribute to our understanding of the public economy and its broader constitutional, legal and political economy matrix.

IIPF website readers are kindly invited to sign up the journal's newsletter here and to find out more about the Journal's Aims and Scope and Editorial Board here.

Please read the Call for Papers if you are interested in submitting a paper.

Lecture on US tax reform: global implications for investment and corporate financing

Long-standing IIPF member Jack Mintz gave a lecture on "US tax reform: global implications for investment and corporate financing" at the ifo Institute in Munich on 24 January 2018.

A video is available in the CESifo group's media library at http://mediathek.cesifo-group.de.

Call for Papers: 2018 IIPF Annual Congress

The 74th Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance will be held in Tampere, Finland, from August 21 through 23, 2018.

The theme of the keynote speeches and panels will be "The Impact of Public Policies on Labor Markets and Income Distribution". Contributed papers on any topic within the field of Public Economics and related disciplines will be considered, as is traditional at IIPF congresses. Both academics and practitioners are invited to participate.

The Call for Papers and further information is available here.

Call for Papers: 2018 ZEW Public Finance Conference

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2018 ZEW Public Finance Conference. The conference will take place in Mannheim, Germany, on 23 and 24 April 2018.

The conference is held on an annual basis and aims to cover all fields of public finance and public economics. Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.

The theme of the 2018 conference is "The Future of Fiscal Coordination in Europe". The keynote lectures will be centered on this topic.

Further information can be found on the ZEW website.

OTPR 30th Anniversary Celebration

The Office of Tax Policy Research at the University of Michigan is planning a special conference to celebrate its 30th anniversary, to be held in Ann Arbor on June 22 and 23, 2018. The first day will feature three roundtable discussions by leading people in the field. The second day will include four sessions of invited research papers.

For additional information and registration details, click here.

Vito Tanzi writes about IIPF annual congresses

Professor Vito Tanzi, Honorary President of IIPF, published three books in which he reports on previous IIPF annual congresses.

The latest book is about to come out soon: Termites of the State: Why Complexity Leads to Inequality (Cambridge University Press, 2017). This new  book examines how the growth of the government’s involvement in the economy has been accompanied by growing complexity which has facilitated, for some well connected or just lucky individuals, the getting of rents leading to growing inequality in the distribution of income. This book includes the most detailed "anatomy" of a public sector available in the literature.

In Russian Bears and Somali Sharks: Transition and Other Passages (New York, Jorge Pinot Books Inc., 2010) he examines seven economies that have undergone some kind of transition. The book comprises proceedings of the IIPF congresses in Italy (Taormina) 1979, Portugal 1995, and Russia 1999.

Peoples, Places and Policies: China, Japan and Southeast Asia (New York, Jorge Pinot Books Inc., 2008) describes two IIPF annual congresses, Korea 1992 and Kyoto 1997, as well as some events connected with them.
These books may contribute to the history of the IIPF and encourage IIPF members to relate similar experiences in future books.

Other titles recently published: Government Versus Markets: The Changing Economic Role of the State (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Dollar, Euros and Debt. How we got into the Fiscal Crisis and how we get out of it (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Dal Miracolo Economico al Declino?

Vito Tanzi's books can be purchased via Amazon.

The Passing of Peggy Musgrave (1924–2017)

An obituary has been sent to IIPF (and CESifo Network) members.

Please click here.

IIPF Doctoral School 2017

The fourth IIPF Doctoral School took place from 23 to 25 May, 2017 in Munich, Germany at CESifo / Ifo Institute. Uwe Sunde (University of Munich) and Matteo Cervellati (University of Bologna) gave lectures on “Dynamics of Inequality”.

More information can be found 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.

Fresh submissions are being welcomed by the peer-reviewed journal Advances in Taxation

Advances in Taxation publishes relevant, quality manuscripts from around the world on any aspect of federal, state, local, or international taxation including tax compliance, tax planning, tax policy issues, and current issues in tax.

The journal welcomes and encourages interdisciplinary research and a wide variety of research methods, including archival, experimental, survey, qualitative, case-based, legal and literature review approaches that are appropriate to the project.

Potential authors should note that manuscripts should be rigorous and of interest to a broad cross-section of scholars interested in taxation. The Editor will consider occasional publication of manuscripts related to tax education and good replications by doctoral students/faculty of earlier studies where there is an extension of the original paper e.g. through sample period, country of sample or other contribution.

Manuscripts are peer reviewed by two external academic experts and comments are sent back to authors within two to three months.

For further information please click here.

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.

INOMICS Economics Job Market Report

INOMICS, the global online platform for economists, released the Economics Job Market Report, which presents insights into the current state of the econ academic job market.

The report is downloadable here.

Musgrave Fellowship from OTPR

The Office of Tax Policy Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has instituted a fellowship for Ph.D. students in honor of Richard Musgrave.

Further information here.

World Economics Association (WEA) Founded

The World Economics Association (WEA) was launched on May 16, 2011 and seeks to increase the relevance, breadth and depth of economics research.

Further information about WEA in general and WEA membership here.

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