Guest lecture: Tax History with Keen and Slemrod

On Wednesday 5 January at 15.00-16.00, Skatteforsk welcomes Joel Slemrod and Michael Keen to an open guest lecture. Slemrod and Keen are the authors of “Rebellion, Rascals, and Revenue: Tax Follies and Wisdom through the Ages” (2021), that covers taxation through history.

The book, receiving good reviews in among others Financial Times, IMF’s Finance & Development Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, introduces the readers to the various attempts through history, both the successful and disastrous, to impose taxes. By describing both the famous and less known incidents, such as England’s window tax or tsar Peter the Great’s beard tax, Slemrod and Keen give an interesting and accessible introduction to different tax systems and principles of taxation through history and across countries. Moreover, there are surely lessons to draw from history when facing today’s taxation challenges.  

More about the authors:

Michael Keen, formerly Deputy Director of Fiscal Affairs at the IMF, is Ushioda Fellow at Tokyo College, University of Tokyo.

Joel Slemrod is David Bradford Distinguished Professor of Economics and Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

The guest lecture is organized as a part of the course BUS360 Taxes, Inequality, and Sustainability I, but is open for everyone interested. The aim of the course is to introduce students to taxes and inequality by bridging macro and micro related topics, with emphasis on understanding the structure of the tax system, behavioural effects and how this is linked to inequality and sustainability. Additionally, the course provides policy relevant writing practice, where the home assignment consists of writing an op-ed based on a research paper. Several of the students’ op-eds have in the past been published in Norwegian media outlets, such as in Dagens Næringsliv, Agenda Magasin, and Nationen. Hosting guest lectures through the course also provides the students with insights of the current public debate.  

The guest lecture of Michael Keen and Joel Slemrod will consist of a presentation of their book and will be held over Zoom on Wednesday 5 January 2022 at 15.00-16.00 (Oslo time). The lecture will be open to anyone interested.   

Join Zoom Meeting by this link.  Meeting ID: 645 9206 0240.   Passcode: 643475


Published 2. januar 2022 - 22:56 - Updated 5. januar 2022 - 8:06