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USC Gould School of Law and The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center

Conference on Growing Income Inequality

Is Tax Policy the Cause, the Cure or Irrelevant?

Friday, February 7 (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)


Conference Schedule:

You may download the conference schedule in Adobe PDF format.

Keynote Address:

The Honorable Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator (D-Ore.)

Welcome Remarks: Dean Robert K. Rasmussen, USC Gould School of Law

Panel I

  • Emmanuel Saez, Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Equitable Growth, University of California, Berkeley
    Income Concentration and Top Income Tax Rates
  • Scott Winship, Walter B. Wriston Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
  • Moderator: Pail Caron, Pepperdine University School of Law

Panel II:

Panel III:

  • Edward Kleinbard, Professor of Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
    From Progressive Taxation to a Progressive Fiscal System
  • Donald Marron, Institute Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Initiatives, Urban Institute and Tax Policy Center
  • Moderator: Eric Zolt, Michael H. Schill Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

Panel IV:

  • Miles Corak, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
    Intergenerational Mobility: What makes America Different?
  • John Colombo, Albert E. Jenner Jr. Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Moderator: Ellen Aprill, John E. Anderson Chair in Tax Law, Loyola Law School

This conference on the intersection of income inequality research and tax policy brought together leading experts from a range of disciplines to assess issues in measuring income inequality and mobility, and to analyze the conflicting role tax policy plays in both fostering and mitigating inequality.

Conference panel topics included:

  • Measuring Inequality
  • How the Tax System Creates Inequality
  • Tax Policy or Fiscal Policy?
  • The Income Tax as an Anti-Poverty Tool

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