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Beveridge 2.0: Tax Justice Symposium

Rising concerns about income and wealth inequality have prompted renewed attention to questions about the role of the tax system in delivering a fair society. Within the social sciences, researchers from different disciplines have adopted a variety of normative and explanatory frameworks for thinking about ‘tax justice’; however, these perspectives have rarely been connected with one another.

This symposium invites scholars from economics, law, philosophy, sociology, anthropology and political science to explore a wide range of tax justice questions: from the social acceptability of different taxation schemes to what shapes public demand for tax justice and its relation to tackling inequality; from the role of elites in influencing tax policy to pressing challenges in relation to tax evasion, corporate taxation and inheritance tax.

 Symposium Agenda

Tuesday 3 May 2022
9:00am - 5:00pm (BST)


Arrival (and coffee for in person participants)

9:10am – 9:15am

Opening Remarks

Francisco Ferreira (International Inequalities Institute, LSE)

9:15am – 10:30am

Session 1

Frank Cowell (Department of Economics, LSE) – Tax Justice, Inequality and Progressivity 

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Mike Savage (Department of Sociology, LSE), Katharina Hecht (Universität Konstanz), Kate Summers (Department of Methodology, LSE) – Why isn’t there more support for progressive taxation? A sociological contribution to the wider debate

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Luna Glucksberg (International Inequalities Institute, LSE) - Elites and inequality: plutocratic philanthropy in the UK

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10:30am – 11:00am

Coffee break

11:00am – 12:15pm

Session 2

Andrew Summers (LSE Law School) – Is it possible to tax the super-rich?

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Camille Landais (Department of Economics, LSE) – Can Inheritance Taxation Promote Equality of Opportunity?

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Mukulika Banerjee (Department of Anthropology, LSE) – Some Speculative Explanations for India’s Inexplicable Tax Gap

12:15pm – 1:30pm


1:30pm – 2:45pm

Session 3

Jonathan Hopkin (Department of Government, LSE) – The politics of Tax Justice in Democracies: Redistribution Beyond Median Voter Theorem

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Tove Maria Ryding (European Network on Debt and Development – EURODAD) and Alex Voorhoeve (Department of Philosophy, LSE) -  Is the New OECD Corporate Tax Deal Fair?

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Mike Devereux and John Vella (Oxford University) – Issues of Justice in Taxing Corporate Profit

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2:45pm – 3:15pm

Coffee break

3:15pm – 4:30pm

Session 4

Daniel Reck (Department of Economics, LSE) and Jeanne Bomare (Paris School of Economics) – Tax Evasion by the Wealthy: Lessons from Recent Research and Emerging Challenges

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Ravi Kanbur (Cornell University) and Santiago Levy (Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association) – The Social Acceptability of Alternative Tax and Transfer Schemes

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Nora Lustig and Valentina Martinez Pabon (Tulane University) – Universal Basic Income, Taxes, and the Poor

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4:30pm – 5:00pm

General Discussion and Closing Remarks


Beveridge 2.0: Redefining the Social Contract is a programme hosted by the LSE School of Public Policy that aims to bring the LSE community together with the intent of exploring important policy questions, fostering dialogue across disciplines and identifying avenues for collaborative cross-disciplinary research.

The School of Public Policy is an international community where ideas and practice meet. Our approach creates professionals with the ability to analyse, understand and resolve the challenges of contemporary governance.

The International Inequalities Institute 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