Taxation History, Theory, Law and Administration

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute

Online public event


Professor Parthasarathi Shome

Ricardo Guerrero Fernández


Professor Robin Burgess

The discussion will focus on taxation and its ramifications for inequality in different aspects. 

The book of the same name - being a continuum through various branches of taxation history, economic theory, law, prevailing taxes, international taxation and administration - Partho Shome will speak on a particular aspect, that of equality in, and through, taxation. He will cover the theoretical concern with equality in taxation, the characteristics that address equality in actual tax codes, the history of international taxation including the latest discussions on a global minimum tax so that tax revenues are beneficially shared across nations, and the equal treatment of taxpayers by the tax administration. 


Parthasarathi Shome is Chairman of the International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation in India, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE's III. He received Brazil’s highest civilian honour, Commander of the Order of the Southern Cross, for his contributions to Brazilian fiscal reform. He was Minister of State and Adviser to the Indian Finance Minister and Chairman of the Tax Administration Reform Commission in India. Earlier, he was Chief Economist at the Revenue and Customs organization in the UK, Chief of Tax Policy at the IMF and Professor of Economics at American University in Washington DC (USA). He was the Director of two national research organisations in India. Additionally, he chaired India’s Ninth and Tenth Five Year Plan task forces on tax policy and administration. He is a Member of the Board of international fiscal organisations. He is widely published in peer reviewed journals and is the author of many books.

Ricardo Guerrero Fernández (@r_guerrerof) is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Development at King's College London. His research draws on progressive taxation, business groups, bureaucracy, the political economy of taxation, and tax law in Chile and Latin America. He holds a Master in Public Administration at the London School of Economics and Political Science, a master degree in taxation in Universidad de Chile and is a lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He was Head of the Tax Policy Department at the Ministry of Finance Chile. 


Robin Burgess is a Professor of Economics, Co-Founder and Director of the International Growth Centre and Director of the Economics of Environment and Energy Research Program all at LSE. He also serves as the current President of BREAD, on the Editorial Board of VoxDev, on the Board of CEGA and is an Affiliate of J-PAL and Y-RISE, a Research Fellow of the CEPR and a Fellow of the British Academy. His main interests are in the areas of environmental economics, development economics and political economy. He has published on a variety of topics – natural disasters, political accountability, mass media, deforestation and forest fires, access to electricity, renewable energy, marine protection zones, poverty traps, bureaucracy, youth unemployment, rural banks, land reform, labor regulation, industrial policy, taxation, poverty and growth.

The International Inequalities Institute (@LSEInequalities) at LSE brings together experts from many of the School's 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.

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