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Over the millennia, governments around the world have generated income by taxing of all sorts of things and circumstances: from windows, wallpaper to wigs, candles and childlessness, the right to a coat of arms and bachelorhood – it’s all there.
Professor Joel Slemrod and Michael Keen show that dealing with taxes is far from boring. In their latest book, “Rebellions, Rascals, and Revenue – Tax Follies and Wisdom through the Ages”, they take the reader on an entertaining journey through 4,000 years of tax history. Spanning from ancient to modern times, it is a surprising and one-of-a-kind account of how history illuminates the perennial challenges of taxation – and how the past holds clues to solving today’s tax problems. Raising taxes in an effective and at the same time reasonably ‘fair’ way is still the goal of democratic politics today.
What lessons from the past can help us solve tax problems today? The two leading tax analysts Professor Slemrod (University of Michigan) and Keen (International Monetary Fund), in exchange with ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach, also take a look at the prospects for taxation after the pandemic.
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Michael Keen is deputy director of the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund. Before joining the IMF, he was professor of economics at the University of Essex and visiting professor at Kyoto University. He has led technical assistance missions to nearly thirty countries on a wide range of issues in tax policy, and consulted for the World Bank, European Commission, and the private sector.
Keen has served on the Board of the National Tax Association in the U.S., and on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including Economic Policy, International Tax and Public Finance (of which he was joint founder), Journal of Public Economics, and the Review of Economic Studies.
Joel Slemrod is the Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and professor of economics at the University of Michigan. He also serves as director of the Office of Tax Policy Research, an interdisciplinary research centre housed at the Ross School of Business at Michigan University.
Slemrod was president of the National Tax Association and, as of 2015, he is president of the International Institute of Public Finance. In 2012 he received from the National Tax Association its most prestigious award, the Daniel M. Holland Medal, for distinguished lifetime contributions to the study of public finance.