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Ross Hosts Global Economic Forum Aug. 8-11

8/3/2011 --

Members of the International Institute of Public Finance will convene here for 67th annual conference.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—For only the third time ever, the International Institute of Public Finance will hold its annual conference in the United States. This year's 67th Congress of the IIPF will be held Aug. 8-11 at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

Founded in Paris in 1937 and now based in Munich, the IIPF is the world's largest organization of public finance economists, numbering about 800 members from nearly more than 50 countries. The IIPF is the pre-eminent academic institution for study and research on economic public policy topics, and plays a key role in giving economics an orientation toward the "real" world.

"The theme of this year's Congress, 'Rethinking the Role of the State: Responses to Recent Challenges," is extremely topical," said Ross professor Joel Slemrod, chair of the IIPF's local organizing committee and director of the Ross School's Office of Tax Policy Research. "Under the chairmanship of professor and IMF economist Ruud de Mooij, an excellent scientific committee will ensure that the scholarly content of the papers to be presented lives up to the high standards that the IIPF is known for. We look forward to a series of lectures that will bring new and interesting insights to the topic."

Nearly 400 academic papers will be presented at the four-day conference. About a dozen U-M professors and doctoral students will either present research or serve as chairs, moderators or discussants of conference sessions. Five keynote addresses will be featured:

Rick van der Ploeg, University of Oxford, "A Macro Perspective on Public Finance: Natural Resources and the Environment."

Hans-Werner Sinn, University of Munich, "Praying for the European Monetary Union: Flaws, Risks, and Policy Options."

Emmanuel Saez, University of California-Berkeley, "Efficient Policies for Redistribution."

James Poterba, Massachusetts of Institute of Technology, "Population Aging and the Evolving Role of the State."

David Wildasin, University of Kentucky, "Economic Integration and Fiscal Policy in a Dynamic Context: Competition and Factor Mobility."

Conference information is available at IIPF Congress.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 647-1847,