Report of the UK Wealth Tax Commission

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute, the Department of Law and the CAGE Research Centre at the

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Dr Arun Advani

Dr Arun Advani

Emma Chamberlain

Emma Chamberlain

Dr Andy Summers

Dr Andy Summers


Professor Sir Tim Besley

Professor Sir Tim Besley

The unprecedented public spending required to tackle COVID-19 has been followed by debates about how to rebuild public finances and tackle inequalities exposed by the crisis. This event launches the final report of a major new project investigating the desirability and feasibility of a ‘wealth tax’ for the UK. Building on contributions by a network of world-leading experts on tax policy, the report will make recommendations to government on how to tax wealth more effectively.

Arun Advani (@arunadvaniecon) is Assistant Professor of Economics and Impact Director of the CAGE Research Centre at the University of Warwick. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and a Visiting Fellow at the LSE International Inequalities Institute.

Emma Chamberlain is a barrister at Pump Court Tax Chambers and Visiting Professor in Practice at the LSE International Inequalities Institute. She is also a Visiting Professor at University of Oxford, where she teaches Taxation of Global Wealth.

Andy Summers (@summers_ad) is Associate Professor of Law in the Department of Law at LSE and an Associate Member of the LSE International Inequalities Institute. He is also a Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and CAGE Research Centre at the University of Warwick.

Tim Besley is School Professor of Economics of Political Science in the Department of Economics at LSE. He was a member of the IFS’s Mirrlees Review panel, and is currently a Commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission.

The International Inequalities Institute (@LSEInequalities) at LSE brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead cutting-edge research focused on understanding why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.

The Department of Law (@LSELaw) is one of the world’s best law schools. The department ranked first for research outputs in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) and was in the top 5 law departments overall in the 2018 Complete University Guide. Our staff play a major role in helping to shape policy debates, and in the education of current and future lawyers and legal scholars from around the world.

This research was made possible through funding by the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity (AFSEE) programme's Covid-19 Rapid Response fund, UKRI/ESRC (Grant number - ES/V012657/1) – Covid-19 Rapid Response and CAGE Research Centre at the University of Warwick.  

This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series of debates about the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis.

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