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Murphy Institute's Annual Yates Lecture By Joel Slemrod

October 29, 2015 12:00 PM
Joel Slemrod on "Taxing Beards and Breasts, Wigs and Windows: Weird Taxes of the Past and Their Lessons for Tax Policy Today"
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Fall 2015 Yates Lecture: Joel Slemrod on Weird Taxes of the Past and Their Lessons for Tax Policy Today

Joel Slemrod, Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, delivered the Murphy Institute’s Yates lecture at 4:00 pm on Monday, November 9, at Tulane University’s Lavin-Bernick Center in the Stibbs Room. The title of his lecture was “Taxing Beards and Breasts, Wigs and Windows: Weird Taxes of the Past and Their Lessons for Tax Policy Today.”

Joel Slemrod is the Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics. He also serves as Director of the Office of Tax Policy Research, an interdisciplinary research center housed at the Ross School of Business.

Dr. Slemrod received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1973 and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1980. He has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Canadian Department of Finance, the New Zealand Department of Treasury, the South Africa Ministry of Finance, the World Bank, and the OECD. From 1992 to 1998, Dr. Slemrod was editor of the National Tax Journal. His numerous books include Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012), Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen’s Guide to the Debate Over Taxes (MIT Press, 2008), and Tax Systems (MIT Press, 2013). In 2012, he received the National Tax Association’s most prestigious award, the Daniel M. Holland Medal for distinguished lifetime contributions to the study and practice of public finance.

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