Nemmers Prize Lecture

"Empirical Evidence and Tax Reform"

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public
McCormick Auditorium, James L. Allen Center

The lecture will examine the implications of tax reform for inequality, human capital and income growth. It will highlight the pressing need for fact-based analysis and explore how best to assemble the empirical foundations for effective policy reform. Focusing on the role of empirical evidence in tax and welfare reform, the lecture will consider the prospects for reform.

The lecture will draw on the speaker’s experience as a co-editor of the 2010 British Report “Reforming the Tax System for the 21st Century” that was conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and subsequently published by the Oxford University Press. The report was the result of a review that brought together a high-profile group of international experts to identify the characteristics of a good tax system for any developed economy in the 21st century.

Photo of Richard Blundell Sir Richard Blundell is the David Ricardo Professor of Political Economy at University College London and the research director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies in the United Kingdom.  His research covers the empirical microeconomic study of consumer, savings and labor supply behavior.

He has developed micro-data based models for intertemporal decisions over labor supply, human capital and consumption. Blundell also has analyzed family labor supply behavior and the interaction between consumer and labor supply behavior, while developing new microeconometric tools for the study of dynamic panel data models and the nonparametric analysis of individual decisions.

He has served as president of the European Economics Association, the Econometric Society, the Society of Labor Economics and, most recently, as president of the Royal Economic Society.

Blundell is a fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy and the Institute of Actuaries and an honorary member of the American Economic Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He was knighted in the 2014 Queens New Years Honours list for services to Economics and Social Science. 

Free parking is available in most campus parking lots after 4pm.
There will be a reception immediately following the lecture.