Workshop on “Redistributive Taxation: Optimal Design and Political Economy Forces”

Workshop on “Redistributive Taxation: Optimal Design and Political Economy Forces”

The Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute and the ZEW Mannheim cordially invite interested researchers and students to register for the workshop “Redistributive Taxation: Optimal Design and Political Economy Forces”.  The workshop brings together high-level researchers who study the design of redistributive tax systems from a normative or from a political economy perspective. Eight international speakers will present both theoretical and empirical work.

The workshop is of interest for researchers in the field of public finance and political economy and takes place online.

Registration is now open. Please note, that you have to register for both days. You will receive one link for each day.

Registration 4th of March:

Registration 5th of March:


Current programme:

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

14:30 – 15:15


Economic Shocks and Populism: The Political Implications of Reference-Dependent Preferences

Nicola Pavoni, Bocconi University (with Fausto Panunzi and Guido Tabellini)

Discussant: Mattias Polborn, Vanderbilt University

15:15 – 16:00


Yellow Vests, Carbon Tax Aversion, and Biased Beliefs

Thomas Douenne, Paris School of Economics (with Adrien Fabre)

Discussant: Pierre Boyer, École Polytechnique

16:30 – 17:15


Austerity and distributional policy

Zareh Asatryan, ZEW Mannheim (with Matteo Alpino, Sebastian Blesse and Nils Wehrhöfer)

Discussant: Ulrich Glogowski, University of Linz

17:15 – 18:00


Taxation of High-Powered Entrepreneurship

Florian Scheuer, Univerisity of Zurich (with Eduardo Azevedo and Kent Smetters)

Discussant: Emanuel Hansen, University of Cologne

Friday, March 5th, 2021

14:30 – 15:15


How Should Tax Progressivity Respond to Rising Income Inequality?

Kjetil Storesletten, University of Oslo (with Jonathan Heathcote and Giovanni L. Violante)

Discussant: Felix Bierbrauer, University of Cologne

15:15 – 16:00


The Electoral Impact of Wealth Redistribution – Evidence from the Italian Land Reform

Miriam Venturini, UZH (with Bruno Caprettini and Lorenzo Casaburi)

Discussant: Toke Aidt, University of Cambridge

16:30 – 17:15


The Distributional Preferences of Americans, 2013-2016

Silvia Vannutell, Boston University (with Raymond Fisman, Pamela Jakiela and Shachar Kariv)

Discussant: Andreas Peichl, LMU and ifo

17:15 – 18:00


Taxes and Turnout

Nicolas D. Werquin, Toulouse School of Economics (with Felix Bierbrauer and Aleh Tsyvinski)

Discussant: Floris Zoutman, Norwegian School of Economics


04.03. - 05.03.2021

14:30 - 18:00

Research Event




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