The Economics of Tax Policy December 3-4, 2015, Washington DC 
co-sponsored by the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative, and the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center


Thursday, December 3

10:00:   Introduction, Alan Auerbach, UC Berkeley

10:15:   Effects of Income Tax Changes on Economic Growth, Bill Gale, Brookings Institution and Tax Policy Center, and Andrew Samwick, Dartmouth College
Discussant: Kevin Hassett, American Enterprise Institute

11:15:   Environmental Taxation, Roberton Williams, University of Maryland
Discussant: Don Fullerton, University of Illinois

12:15:   Lunch

1:15:      Tax Compliance and Enforcement: New Research and its Policy Implications, Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan
Discussant: David Weisbach, University of Chicago

2:15:      Economic and Distributional Effects of Tax Expenditure Limits, Len Burman and Eric Toder, Urban Institute and Tax Policy Center
Discussant: Louis Kaplow, Harvard University

3:15:      Break

3:45:      The Growing Role of the Tax System in Education Policy, Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan, and Judith Scott-Clayton Columbia University
Discussant: David Figlio, Northwestern University

4:45:      Tax Policy toward Low-Income Families, Hilary Hoynes and Jesse Rothstein, UC Berkeley
Discussant: Diane Schanzenbach, Northwestern University and Brookings Institution


Friday, December 4

8:00:      Continental breakfast

8:30:      The Economics of Corporate and Business Tax Reform, Dhammika Dharmapala, University of Chicago
Discussant: Rosanne Altshuler, Rutgers University

9:30:      U.S. Capital Gains and Estate Taxation: Status Report and Directions for Reform, Wojciech Kopczuk, Columbia University
Discussant: Jim Poterba, MIT and NBER

10:30:   Break

11:00:   Tax Policy for Retirement Savings, John Friedman, Brown University
Discussant: Brigitte Madrian, Harvard University

12:00:   Fundamental Tax Reform: A Comparison of Three Options, Alan Viard, American Enterprise Institute
Discussant: Jim Hines, University of Michigan

1:00:      Concluding Comments, Kent Smetters, University of Pennsylvania