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Published on Friday, February 24, 2012


Le 7 mars 2012, Patrice Duran et Facundo Alvaredo organisent une journée d'études portant sur le thème « Inequality, Crisis and Taxation » à l'institut d'études avancées de Paris, de 9h30 à 16h.


Institut d’Études Avancées de Paris : Inequality, Crisis and Taxation, Mercredi 7 mars, 9.15 - 16.30.


There is widespread concern about growing economic inequality and about its long-run development and transmission across generations.  After a post-war period when the welfare state, the spread of education, and progressive taxation combined to steadily reduce economic inequality, the decades since 1980 have seen sharply rising income inequality in a number of countries, including the US, the UK, Scandinavia. Recent research has highlighted the return of inheritance as an important factor. A wave of tax reductions favoured the well-off during the last thirty years, in parallel with an upsurge in top shares in most English-speaking countries to levels not seen since the years before the Great Depression. Naturally, today’s crisis has reinforced the interest in looking at the upper part of the distribution, the more so after observing that recent financial crises tended to be followed by an increase in income concentration. Concern about the rise in top income shares has led to a range of proposals. Some countries have already announced increases in top income tax rates, the fight against tax havens, and the re-enforcement of wealth taxes that were abolished not so long ago; others are considering limits on remuneration and new taxes on financial transactions. These are being implemented at a time of recession or stagnation, and growing unemployment, and leave many questions unanswered. The public debate was also recently re-kindled by a few wealthy businesspersons around the world asking to pay higher taxes.

Programme :

9.30-9.45      Patrice Duran (organiser ; Directeur IEA-Paris). Welcome.

  • 9.45-10.00    Facundo Alvaredo (PSE, Oxford, CONICET & IEA-Paris)
    Introduction : “The World Top Incomes Database”.
  • 10.00-10.40 Gabriel Zucman (Paris School of Economics) "The End of Bank Secrecy? An Evaluation of the G20 Tax Haven Crackdown" (joint research with Niels Johannesen)

10.40-10.45 Coffee break

  • 10.45-11.25 Jesper Roine (Stockholm School of Economics) “The Role of Inheritance in Sweden, 1810–2010” (joint research with Henry Ohlsson, and Daniel Waldenström)
  • 11.25-12.05 Sir Tony Atkinson (Nuffield College & London School of Economics) “The importance of inheritance in Britain from 1896 to the present”
  • 12.05-12.45 Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics/EHESS) “On Inheritance: Discussion”

12.45-14.15  Lunch

Chair: Jacques Le Cacheux (OFCE, Sciences Po)

  • 14.15-14.55 Alain Trannoy (EHESS, GREQAM-IDEP) “Optimal income tax and migration of top incomes” (joint research with Laurent Simula)
  • 14.55-15.35 Salvatore Morelli (Oxford University) “Systemic banking crises and top income shares in the US: a historical perspective”

15.35-15.45 Coffee break

  • 15.45-16.25 Nicolas Delalande (Science Po) “Resisting redistributive tax policies in France and the USA, 1880s-1930s”

16.25-16.40 Conclusions


  • 16-18 rue Suger (Maison Suger)
    Paris, France


  • Wednesday, March 07, 2012


  • Inégalités, crises, impôts


  • Florence Hulak
    courriel : florence [dot] hulak [at] gmail [dot] com

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  • Florence Hulak
    courriel : florence [dot] hulak [at] gmail [dot] com


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« Inequality, Crisis and Taxation », Study days, Calenda, Published on Friday, February 24, 2012, https://doi.org/10.58079/kbd

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