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CPEG-PEUK Joint Workshop

Canadian Public Economics Group and Public Economics United Kingdom Joint Workshop - April 19-20, 2018

CPEG-PEUK Joint Workshop

Canadian Public Economics Group and Public Economics United Kingdom Joint Workshop

When: April 19-20, 2018

Where: McMaster University, Continuing Education Centre, One James Street North, Hamilton, Rm 204

For more information contact:

Katherine Cuff
Canada Research Chair in Public Economic Theory
Professor and Acting Graduate Chair
Department of Economics, McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 23827


Thursday April 19th

9:00 – 9:30       Registration and Coffee, OJN Room 204


Session 1: Tax Compliance and Savings

Chair:  John Burbidge (Waterloo)

 9:30 – 10:15   Mark Tremblay (McMaster/Miami) Inferring Tax Compliance from Pass-through: Evidence from Airbnb Tax Enforcement Agreements” 

10:15 – 11:00   Saurabh Bhargava (Carnegie Mellon University) “Save(d) by Design”

11:00 – 11:15   Coffee Break


Session 2:  Mobility

Chair:  Christine Neill (Laurier)

11:15 – 12:00   Nicholas Lawson (UQAM) Those Who Can’t Sort, Steal: Caste, Occupational Mobility, and Rent-Seeking in Rural India

12:00 – 12:45   Laura Kawano (Office of Tax Policy Research, Michigan) On the Determinants of Young Adult Outcomes:  Evidence from Military Families”

12:45 – 2:00     Lunch


Session 3:  Evidence on Responses to Policy

Chair:  Nicolas-Guillaume Martineau (Glendon)

2:00 – 2:45       Kate Smith (IFS/University College London)Intertemporal Income Shifting: Evidence from Small Business Owners” 

2:45 – 3:30       Stefan Staubli (Calgary) Tightening Disability Screening or Reducing Disability Benefits: Evidence and Welfare Implications”

3:30 – 4:00       Coffee Break


Session 4:   Practical Considerations in Policy

Chair:  Katherine Cuff (McMaster)

4:00 – 4:30       Presentation by Peter Weltman (Parliamentary Budget Officer)

4:30 – 6:00       Discussion Panel on “The Use of Tax Expenditures in Times of Fiscal Consolidation” Robin Boadway (Queen’s), Kevin Page (Ottawa), Ben Lockwood (Warwick), and Kimberley Scharf (Birmingham)

6:15 – on          Dinner @ Diplomat, 43 King William Street, Hamilton


Friday April 20th

9:00 - 9:30      Coffee, OJN Room 204


Session 5:  Income Taxes

Chair:  Alisa Tazhitdinova (McMaster)

 9:30  – 10:15   Ben Lockwood (Warwick) Malas Notches

10:15 – 11:00   Jean-Denis Garon (UQAM) Optimal Mixed Taxation, Credit Constraints and the Timing of Income Tax Reporting

11:00 – 11:30   Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:15   Yeliz Kaçamak (Michigan) “The Role of Information Aggregators in Tax Compliance”


12:15 – 2:00    Lunch @ Nique Restaurant, 30 Vine Street, Hamilton


Session 6:  Provision of Public Goods

Chair:  Gordon Myers (SFU)

2:00 – 2:45     Sarah Smith (Bristol) Lift and Shift: The effect of fundraising interventions in charity space and time

2:45 – 3:30     Stanley L. Winer (Carleton) The Privateness of Public Expenditure: A model and empirics for the Indian states

3:30 – 4:00     Closing words


The organizers of the workshop wish to thank the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada and McMaster University’s Office of International Affairs, the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Department of Economics for their financial support.