Taxation and Fiscal Policy
28 May 2018 09.30 - 17.30
Organisers: Per Andersson (MW Fellow, SPS), Alexandra Fotiou (MW Fellow, ECO), Hanna Kleider (MW Fellow, SPS), Andrea Papadia (MW Fellow, RSC), Zbigniew Truchlewski (MW Fellow, SPS),
Tomasz Zawisza (MW Fellow, ECO)
The recent crisis has put taxation and fiscal policy at the centre-stage of academic and policy debates. The limits of monetary policy acting on its own, the debt troubles of European countries and the difficulties in implementing effective and coordinated policies to fight the crisis have raised numerous questions on how to conduct fiscal policy at both the national and international level. Independentist movements in a number of European countries have also brought attention back to the issue of the relationship between local and central governments in the fiscal, as well as other, realms.
Much remains to be learned regarding the effectiveness and optimal design of fiscal policy and, more broadly, the way states tax, borrow and spend public funds. Politics, economics, history and myriad other factors intertwine to determine the policy options available to states, the obstacles they face, and the practical implementation of policies. While an interdisciplinary approach to these questions is desirable, it is also clearly underutilized. Today scholars are scattered between social science disciplines. Because of this organizational fragmentation there is need to create opportunities for scholars working on taxation and public finance to meet and exchange ideas. We believe that this workshop can be a first step towards this direction.
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