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
"How Do Distributions from Retirement Accounts Respond to Early Withdrawal Penalties?
Evidence from Administrative Tax Returns"

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

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?"


2016 Schedule

January 19 
Eric Talley, Columbia Law School
“Corporate Inversions and the Unbundling of Regulatory Competition”

January 26 
Michael Simkovic, Seton Hall Law School
“The Knowledge Tax”

February 2
Lucy Martin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Political Science
“The Structure of American Income Tax Policy Preferences”

February 9
Donald Marron, Urban Institute
“Should Governments Tax Unhealthy Foods and Drinks?"

February 23
Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, University of Michigan Law School
“Evaluating BEPS”

March 1
Kevin S. Markle, University of Iowa Business School
"The Effect of Financial Constraints on Income Shifting by U.S. Multinationals"


March 8 – Theodore Seto, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
“Preference-Shifting and the Nonfalsifiability of Optimal Tax Theory”

March 22 
James Kwak, University of Connecticut School of Law
“Reducing Inequality With a Retrospective Tax on Capital”

March 29 
Miranda Stewart, The Australian National University
“Transnational Tax Law: Fiction or Reality, Future or Now?"

April 5 
Danny Yagan, University of California at Berkeley Economics Department
"Partnerships in the United States: Who Owns Them and How Much Tax Do They Pay?"


April 12
Lily Kahng, Seattle University School of Law  
“Who Owns Human Capital?”

April 19
James Alm, Tulane Economics Department, and Jay Soled, Rutgers Business School
“Whither the Tax Gap?”

April 26
Jane Gravelle, Congressional Research Service
“Policy Options to Address Corporate Profit Shifting:  Carrots or Sticks?”

May 3
Monica Prasad, Northwestern University Department of Sociology
“The Popular Origins of Neoliberalism in the Reagan Tax Cut of 1981”


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”


2014 Schedule

January 21
Saul Levmore, University of Chicago Law School
From Helmets to Savings and Inheritance Taxes: Regulatory Intensity, Information Revelation and Internalities
Internality Regulation Through Public Choice (Background Paper)

January 28
Fadi Shaheen,  Rutgers-Newark School of Law
The GAAP Lock-Out Effect and the Investment Behavior of Multinational Firms

February 4
Nancy Staudt, USC Gould School of Law
The Supercharged IPO

February 11
Thomas J. Brennan, Northwestern University School of Law
Smooth Retirement Accounts

Februrary 25
Chris Sanchirico, University of Pennsylvania Law School
"As American as Apple Inc.: International Tax and Ownership Nationality"

March 4
James R. Hines and Kyle D. Logue, University of Michigan Law School
"Delegating Tax"

March 11
Stephanie Sikes, Wharton School Accounting Department, University of Pennsylvania
"Cross-Country Evidence on the Relation between Capital Gains Taxes, Risk, and Expected Rates of Return."

March 25
Matthew C. Weinzierl, Harvard Business School
“Revisiting the Classical View of Benefit-Based Taxation.”

April 1
Andrew Biggs, American Enterprise Institute
“The Risk to State and Local Budgets Posed by Public Employee Pensions.”

April 8
Susannah Camic Tahk, University of Wisconsin Law School
“The Tax War on Poverty.”

April 15
Nirupama Rao, NYU Wagner School
"The Price of Liquor is Too Damn High: State Facilitated Collusion and the Implications for Taxes.”

April 22
Kimberly Clausing, Reed College Economics Department
“Lessons for International Tax Reform from the U.S. State Experience under Formulary Apportionment.”

April 29
David Gamage, Berkeley Law School
“A Framework for Analyzing the Optimal Choice of Tax Instruments.”

May 6
Mitchell Kane, NYU Law School
“Transfer Pricing, Integration and Novel Intangibles: A Consensus Approach to the Arm's Length Standard.”


2013 Schedule

(All sessions meet on Tuesdays from 4-5:50 pm in Vanderbilt 208, NYU Law School)

January 22
David Kamin, NYU School of Law
"Are We There Yet?:  On a Path to Closing America's Long-Run Deficit"

January 29
Edward McCaffery, USC Law School
"Bifurcation Blues:  The Problems of Leaving Redistribution Aside"

February 5
Jake Brooks, Georgetown Law School
"Taxation, Risk and Portfolio Choice:  The Treatment of Returns to Risk Under a Normative Income Tax"

February 12
Lilian Faulhaber, Boston University School of Law
"Charitable Giving, Tax Expenditures and the Fiscal Future of the European Union"

February 26
Peter Diamond, MIT Economics Department
"The Case for a Progressive Tax:  From Basic Research to Policy Recommendations"

March 5
Darien Shanske, University of California at Hastings College of Law
"Modernizing the Property Tax"

March 12
Dhammika Dharmapala, University of Illinois Law School
"Competitive Neutrality Among Debt-Financed Multi-national Firms"

March 26
Leslie Robinson, Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College
"Internal Ownership Structures of Multinational Firms"

April 2
Alan Viard, American Enterprise Institute
"Progressive ConsumptionTaxation: The Choice of Tax Design"

April 9
Brian Galle, Boston College Law School 
"Regulation from the Inside Out: Nudges and Price Instrument Theory for Internalities and Externalities"

April 16
Sarah Lawsky, University of California, Irvine School of Law 
"Modeling Uncertainty in Tax Law"

April 23
Larry Bartels, Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University
"The Class War Gets Personal: Inequality as a Political Issue in the 2012 Election"

April 30
Itai Grinberg, Georgetown Law School
"A Governance Structure to Mediate the Battle Over Taxing Offshore Accounts"

May 7
Raj Chetty, Harvard Economics Department
"Active vs. Passive Decisions and Crowd-Out in Retirement Savings Accounts:  Evidence from Denmark"


2012 Schedule
2011 Schedule
2010 Schedule