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Center for Policy Studies
Public Affairs Discussion Group

The Stakes in "Tax Reform"

Daniel Shoag, Ph.D. - Visiting Associate Professor of Economics at Case Western Reserve University
Friday December 1, 2017
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

Congressional Republicans are racing to pass what they call tax reform that would stimulate the economy, and Democrats call a giveaway to corporations and wealthier Americans. It gets hard to keep track of all the proposals and claims about them. Will lower corporate taxes lead to more domestic investment and higher wages? Why do Republicans claim the bills would cut taxes on the middle class and Democrats say they favor the rich and would even raise taxes on millions of middle-class households? What could be the effects of many of the "reforms" that would reduce tax preferences such as for state and local taxes, medical expenses, and graduate student tuition waivers?

Visiting Associate Professor of Economics Danny Shoag joins us to discuss the major provisions of the bills passed in the House and under consideration in the Senate, the arguments about the possible effects of those provisions, and the overall stakes in the tax "reform" conflict.

All best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest

Daniel Shoag, Ph.D., is a visiting associate professor at the Weatherhead School of Management. He is an associate professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and an affiliate of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government.

His research focuses on state and local government finance, worker signaling and the hiring process, and regional and urban economics. Shoag’s research has been published in major academic journals and has been featured, among other outlets, in The New York Times, Bloomberg, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He was selected as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 in 2012.

Shoag has worked as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a visiting professor at Tel Aviv University, and was selected as a rising new scholar by the Stanford University Center on Poverty and Inequality. He has received research grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. He co-founded and now co-chairs the 200+ person HumTech conference in Boston and is a co-editor of the annual peer-reviewed conference proceedings volume.

Shoag received his BA and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and lives in Newton, MA, with his wife and four children.

Where We Meet

The Friday Public Affairs Lunch convenes each Friday when classes are in session, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our programs are open to all and no registration is required. We usually meet in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library.

* Kelvin Smith Library requires all entrants to show identification when entering the building, unless they have a university i.d. that they can magnetically scan. We are sorry if that seems like a hassle, but it has been Library policy for a while in response to security concerns. Please do not complain to the library staff at the entrance, who are just doing their jobs.

The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again. Occasionally we need to use a different room; that will always be announced in the weekly e-mails.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level (labeled as for the Thwing Center); it is less than 50 yards from that exit to the library entrance. You can get from the Severance garage to the library without going outside. Near the entry gates - just to the right if you were driving out - there is a door into a corridor. Walk down the corridor and there will be another door. Beyond that door you'll find the entrance to an elevator which goes up to an entrance right inside the doors to Kelvin Smith Library.

Schedule of Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

December 8: TBD

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