How Progressive is the U.S. Tax System and How Progressive Could It Be?

How Progressive is the U.S. Tax System and How Progressive Could It Be?

Monday, October 28, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 1512

Even as they became fabulously wealthy, the ultra-rich have seen their taxes collapse to levels last seen in the 1920s. Meanwhile, working-class Americans have been asked to pay more. In their new book The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman offer a comprehensive view of America’s tax system, based on new statistics covering all taxes paid at all levels of government. Co-author Gabriel Zucman (University of California, Berkeley), will be joined by Wojciech Kopczuk (Columbia University), a leading economist of tax policy, who suggests detailed methodological and practical difficulties in both measuring the degree of progressivity and radically altering the tax system. Suresh Naidu, professor of international and public affairs and economics at Columbia University, will moderate.

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Co-sponsored by the Center on Global Economic Governance and the Program for Economic Research.