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Reforming the Global Tax System

Hosted by LSE IDEAS and the School of Public Policy

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David Bradbury

David Bradbury

Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD

Professor Francisco H. G. Ferreira

Professor Francisco H. G. Ferreira

Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies, LSE

Gabriel Zucman

Gabriel Zucman

Director of the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center at the University of California, Berkeley


Dr Tasha Fairfield

Dr Tasha Fairfield

Associate Professor in Development Studies, LSE

President’s Biden call for a corporate minimum tax in June last year, and the OECD’s two-pillar programme announced in October, have put the issue of global tax justice back on the policy agenda.

There is a new impetus behind the need for binding international agreements on preventing harmful tax practices. A set of questions present themselves to experts and policymakers: What are the political and economic challenges required for achieving greater transparency and enhanced coordination? In which forum and through which decision-making processes should these issues be addressed? Do the interests of middle- and low-income countries differ from those of advanced countries?

Meet the speakers and chair

David Bradbury is the Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). David is an Australian national and joined the OECD in April 2014, where he now leads a team of economists, lawyers and statisticians focused on delivering high quality economic analysis and tax policy advice, and providing internationally comparable tax data and statistical analysis. David was a key contributor to the delivery of the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project and the historic two-pillar solution, agreed by more than 135 jurisdictions, to address the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy. In particular, he leads the team that has been carrying out the OECD’s economic analysis and impact assessment of the landmark two-pillar international tax agreement.

Francisco H. G. Ferreira is the Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies and Director of the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics. He is also affiliated with the Department of Social Policy at LSE. Francisco is an economist working on the measurement, causes and consequences of inequality and poverty, with an emphasis on developing countries in general and Latin America in particular. Some of his recent work has focused on the definition and measurement of inequality of opportunity. His work has been published widely, including in the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Economic Inequality, the World Bank Economic Review and World Development.

Gabriel Zucman is the Director of the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Wealth and Income Inequality at the University of California at Berkeley. He received his PhD in 2013 from the Paris School of Economics and taught at LSE before joining the Berkeley faculty in 2015. His research focuses on the accumulation, distribution, and taxation of global wealth and analyses the macro-distributional implications of globalization. He is a Commissioner on the LSE Global Economics Governance Commission.

Tasha Fairfield holds a Ph.D in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Latin American studies and an M.S. in physics from Stanford University, and an A.B. in physics, summa cum laude, from Harvard. She was a 2017-18 Mellon Foundation Fellow at Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS). Her comparative politics research analyzes the political economy of inequality, the politics of policy formulation, and business-state relations in Latin America. Her methodological research examines the Bayesian logic of inference in qualitative social science.

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The event is hosted by the LSE Global Economic Governance Commission and the LSE School of Public Policy (@LSEPublicPolicy).

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LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is LSE's foreign policy think tank. Through sustained engagement with policymakers and opinion-formers, IDEAS provides a forum that informs policy debate and connects academic research with the practice of diplomacy and strategy.

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