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USC Gould School of Law

Growing Income Inequality: Is Tax Policy the Cause, the Cure or Irrelevant?

USC Gould School of Law

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM (PST)

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Growing Income Inequality: Is Tax Policy the Cause, the Cure or Irrelevant?


Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator (D-Ore.)

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Date & Time

Friday, February 7th, 2014
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Continental Breakfast available.
Lunch to be served. 



Gould School of Law, Room 7
University of Southern California
699 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074



Complimentary parking will be available in Parking Structure X on a first-come, first-served basis. You must tell the attendant that you are attending the Tax Policy Center conference to receive free parking. It is located at:

3499 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089

A printable PDF map with directions to the structure will be provided upon registration.

If Parking Structure X is full, you will be directed to an alternate facility by the attendant and provided with a parking pass for that alternate structure.



Special hotel rates for conference attendees are available at the Radisson Hotel.

The Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC
3540 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 748-4141

The hotel is located near the University of Southern California and is close to downtown Los Angeles. It is a pet-friendly and accessible hotel. Mention the Tax Policy Conference when calling to make your reservations. You may contact Jane Gollyan-Valerio or Christina Torio at Radisson if you have any questions or require assistance with your reservation.


Conference Contents

Welcome Remarks: Dean Robert K. Rasmussen, USC Gould School of Law
8:30 - 8:40 am


Panel I.  Measuring Inequality
8:40 - 10:10 am

    Moderator: Paul Caron, Pepperdine University School of Law

    Emmanuel Saez, University of California Berkeley
    Income Concentration and Top Income Tax Rates

    Scott Winship, Manhattan Institute
    Has Income Inequality Risen, and If Yes, Between Whom?

10:10 - 10:30 am


Panel II. How The Tax System Fosters Inequality
10:30 - 12:00 pm

    Moderator: Todd Molz, Managing Director and General Counsel, Oaktree Capital

    Leonard Burman and Eric Toder, Urban Institute and Tax Policy Center
    The Role of Capital Gains Tax Preferences in Generating Wealth and Income Inequality

    Victor Fleischer, University of San Diego Law School
    Steven Rosenthal, Urban Institute and Tax Policy Center
    How the Rich get Richer through the Income Tax


12:00 - 12:45 pm

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Ron Wyden, Senator for Oregon  
12:45 - 1:45 pm


Panel III. Tax Policy or Fiscal Policy
1:45 - 3:15 pm

     Moderator: Eric Zolt, UCLA School of Law

     Edward Kleinbard, USC Gould School of Law
     From Progressive Tax to Progressive Fiscal Systems

     Donald Marron, Urban Institute and Tax Policy Center 
     Can Distributional Analyses Combine Taxes and Spending?

3:15 - 3:30 pm


Panel IV. The Income Tax as an Anti-Poverty Tool
3:30 - 5:00 pm

      Moderator: Ellen Aprill, Loyola Law School

      Miles Corak, University of Ottawa 
      Intergenerational Mobility: What makes America Different?

      John Colombo, University of Illinois Law School 
      Using the Charitable Deduction to Stimulate Social Change



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Have questions about Growing Income Inequality: Is Tax Policy the Cause, the Cure or Irrelevant?? Contact USC Gould School of Law

When & Where

University of Southern California Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Blvd.
Room 7
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM (PST)

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