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International Institute of Public Finance

Wojciech Kopczuk

 

Education
Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan, 2001
M.A., Economics, University of Michigan, 1998
M.Sc., Computer Science, Warsaw University, 1996
B.A., Economics, Warsaw University, 1996


Present Positions
Professor of Economics and of International and Public A airs, Columbia University, 2013-present
Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy Research, 2009-present


Past Positions
Professor of Economics and of International and Public A airs, Columbia University, 2013-present
Associate Professor of Economics and International and Public A airs, Columbia University, 2005-2007; with
tenure 1/2008-6/2013
Assistant Professor of Economics and International and Public A airs, Columbia University, 2003-2005
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of British Columbia, 2001-2003
Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, Public Economics Program, 2008-present; Faculty
Research Fellow, 2002-2008


Selected Publications

„Mansion Tax: The Effect of Transfer Taxes on Residential Real Estate Market" (with David Munroe), forthcoming in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

„Are Closely-Held Firms Tax Shelters?" (with Annette Alstadsaeter and Kjetil Telle), forthcoming in Jeffrey Brown (ed.), Tax Policy and the Economy, volume 28, 2014, NBER and University of Chicago Press.

„Taxation of Intergenerational Transfers and Wealth," in Alan Auerbach, Raj Chetty, Martin Feldstein and Emmanuel Saez (eds.), Handbook of Public Economics, volume V, 2013, Elsevier, 329-90.

„Incentive Effects of Inheritances and Optimal Estate Taxation," American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, 2013, 103(3), 472-77.

„Welfare Programs Complexity and the Take Up of Social Benefits" (with Henrik Kleven), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2011, 3(1), 54-90.

„Special Issue: International Seminar for Public Economics on Normative Tax Theory. Introduction" (with Pierre Pestieau), Journal of Public Economics, 2011 95(11-12), 1237-1238.

„Earnings Inequality and Mobility in the United States: Evidence from Social Security Data since 1937" (with Emmanuel Saez and Jae Song), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2010, 125(1), 91-128.

„Women, Wealth and Mobility" (with Lena Edlund), American Economic Review, 2009, 99(1), 146-78.

„Economics of Estate Taxation: A brief review of theory and evidence," Tax Law Review, 2009, 63(1), 139-157. Reprinted in „The Economics of Wealth Distribution," James B. Davis (ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013, Volume II.

„Estate and Inheritance Taxation," in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume (eds.) Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

„Bequest and Tax Planning: Evidence from Estate Tax Returns," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2007, 122(4), 1801-1854.

„Electronic Filing, Tax Preparers and Participation in the Earned Income Tax Credit" (with Kiki Pop-Eleches), Journal of Public Economics, 2007, 91(7-8), 1351-1367.

„To Leave or Not to Leave: The Distribution of Bequest Motives" (with Joseph Lupton), The Review of Economic Studies, 2007, 74(1), 207-235. Reprinted in „The Economics of Wealth Distribution," James B. Davis (ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013, Volume II.

„Putting Firms into Optimal Tax Theory" (with Joel Slemrod), American Economic Review Papers and Proceed ings, 2006, 96(2), 130-134.1

„Tax Simpli_cation and Tax Compliance: An Economic Perspective," in Max Sawicky (ed.), Bridging the Tax Gap. Addressing the Crisis in Tax Administration, 2006, Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute, 111-143.

„Tax Bases, Tax Rates and the Elasticity of Reported Income," Journal of Public Economics, 2005, 89(11-12), 2093-2119.

„Denial of Death and Economic Behavior" (with Joel Slemrod), Advances in Theoretical Economics, 2005: Vol. 5: No. 1, Article 5. http://www.bepress.com/bejte/advances/vol5/iss1/art5.
„The Limitations of Decentralized World Redistribution: An Optimal Taxation Approach" (with Joel Slemrod and Shlomo Yitzhaki), European Economic Review, 2005, 49(4), 1051-1079.

„Top Wealth Shares in the United States, 1916-2000: Evidence from Estate Tax Returns" (with Emmanuel Saez), National Tax Journal, 2004, 57(2, part 2), 445-488. Reprinted in „The Economics of Wealth Distribution," James B. Davis (ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013, Volume I.

„The Trick is to Live: Is the Estate Tax Social Security for the Rich?," Journal of Political Economy, 2003, 111(6), 1318-1341. Reprinted in „The Economics of Wealth Distribution," James B. Davis (ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013, Volume II.

„A Note on Optimal Taxation in the Presence of Externalities," Economics Letters, 2003, 80(1), 81-86. „Dying to Save Taxes: Evidence from Estate Tax Returns on the Death Elasticity" (with Joel Slemrod), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2003, 85(2), 256-65.

„Tax Consequences onWealth Accumulation and Transfers of the Rich" (with Joel Slemrod), in Alicia H. Munnell, and Annika Sund_en (eds.), Death and Dollars: The Role of Gifts and Bequests in America, Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2003, 213-49.

„The Optimal Elasticity of Taxable Income" (with Joel Slemrod), Journal of Public Economics, 2002, 84(1), 91-112. Reprinted in „Economics of Tax Law," David A. Weisbach (ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008.

„The Impact of the Estate Tax on the Wealth Accumulation and Avoidance Behavior of Donors" (with Joel Slemrod), in William G. Gale, James R. Hines Jr., and Joel B. Slemrod (eds.), Rethinking Estate and Gift Taxation, 2001, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 299-343.

„Redistribution when Avoidance Behavior is Heterogeneous," Journal of Public Economics, 2001, 81(1), 51-71.



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