Conference on the Value Added of Value-Added Taxes
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Conference to be held May 9 - 10, 2019
Washington, DC



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This conference aims to bring together leading researchers and policy makers to discuss recent research on value-added taxes (VATs), with relevance for lower-income countries. A unique feature of the conference will be the blending of frontier academic research with the practical experience of policy makers from World Bank client countries.

The conference will feature a combination of research talks and policy discussions.  A special session will be dedicated to shorter presentations of early-stage work.  Two special policy panels will (i) discuss country experiences in implementing a VAT, and (ii) reflect on the relevance of research findings, and open questions that remain to be addressed.  Active interaction between researchers and policy makers will be facilitated throughout the conference.

Participation is free for both presenters and other participants.


The conference is jointly organized by the World Bank, the Office of Tax Policy Research at the University of Michigan, Columbia University and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.  For those who would like to download the actual Call for Papers to print and disseminate, it can be found here.



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