PhD courses

Public Policy and Taxation in Urban and Regional Economies

PhD course

Università della Svizzera italiana, April 10-13, 2017

The course is taught by Prof. William Hoyt from the University of Kentucky

The focus of this course is public policy, with a particular emphasis on taxation, in the context of urban settings or within regions characterized by numerous independent jurisdictions choosing their own policies possibly with or without regard to the impacts on other jurisdictions or the policies of higher-levels of governments.  The course will expose students to three distinct but related literatures in fiscal federalism with one being the literature on income sorting in the Tiebout tradition. A second literature that focuses on "fiscal competition", the strategic setting of tax and public policy in the presence of interjurisdictional externalities. Finally, a literature focused on the extent of mobility among competing jurisdictions. We shall study a mix of empirical and theoretical studies. Classes will be a combination of lecture and discussion of specific articles with students provided the opportunity to lead discussion on some of the articles.

The course is designed for PhD students and advanced master students in economics. Attendance is free of charge but students have to cover their own accommodation, subsistence and travel expenses.

Location: IdEP, Università della Svizzera italiana, via Giuseppe Buffi 13, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland.

Lectures: April 10 - April 13, 2017.

Registration: Please send your registration or inquiries for further information to raphael.parchet@usi.ch. Deadline for registration is April 2.

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