31.01.2024 | News

A PhD Course on Tax and Transfer Systems in Helsinki, 10-14 June 2024

Save the date for the public economics summer course with top researchers! The course is free of charge.

Registrations by 15th April.

The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Tax Systems Research (FIT), led by Tampere University with VATT Institute for Economic Research and the University of Helsinki as partners, and the Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies (UCFS) will arrange a course for doctoral students in public economics, with an emphasis on tax policy.

The course will take place in Helsinki, 10 – 14 June 2024. The first two and the half days consist of lectures and student presentations. Students will then follow the proceedings of the Transatlantic Public Economics Seminar (TAPES) in the latter half of the week as observers. TAPES brings together some of the very best researchers in the field discussing their recent research.

Professors Emmanual Saez (University of California, Berkeley) and Joel Slemrod (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) will deliver lectures during the course. Lecturers also include faculty members from UCFS and FIT.

Tentative programme

Monday, 10 June

Venue: Economicum, Arkadiankatu 7, Helsinki

9:00 – 10:30 Optimal tax  (Jukka Pirttilä)

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 12:15 Marginal cost of public funds (Spencer Bastani)

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch at Postitalo

13:30 – 15:00 Empirical tax analysis (Håkan Selin)

15:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 17:00 Behavioural public economics (Kaisa Kotakorpi)

18:00 – 20:00 Light dinner + student posters, venue: Solo Sokos Hotel Helsinki, Kluuvikatu 8, room: Blomstedt Hall

Tuesday, 11 June

Venue: Economicum, Arkadiankatu 7, Helsinki

9:00 – 10:30 Consumption taxation  (Tuomas Kosonen)

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 12:15 Taxation of firms (Jarkko Harju)

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch at Postitalo

13:30 – 15:00 None of Your Business: Some Thoughts on Tax Privacy (Joel Slemrod)

15:30 – 17:00 Emmanuel Saez’s public lecture
venue: The Great Hall of Aalto University Töölö (the former main building of the School of Business), Runeberginkatu 14-16

Wednesday, 12 June

Venue: Hotel Katajanokka, conference hall “Kirkko”, Merikasarminkatu 1A, Helsinki

9:00 – 11:00 Inequality: Lessons from the World Inequality Database (Emmanuel Saez)

11:00 – 12:30 Lunch at Restaurant Linnankellari

12:30 onwards: TAPES (programme to be updated)

Thursday, 13 June

Venue: Hotel Katajanokka, conference hall “Kirkko”, Merikasarminkatu 1A, Helsinki

9:00 – 15:30 TAPES

Note! The excursion to Suomenlinna and Lonna is by invitation only.

Friday, 14 June

Venue: Hotel Katajanokka, conference hall “Kirkko”, Merikasarminkatu 1A, Helsinki

9:00 – 14:30 TAPES


Sign up by completing a form here.

The deadline for registration is 15 April 2024. The organisers deserve the right to limit the number of participants. Course participations will be confirmed by 3 May. If you want to present a project in the workshop, please submit a paper or an extended abstract to fit.events@tuni.fi upon registration.

The course is free of charge and meals are provided on the course, but participants are expected to cover their own accommodation and travel expenses.

Course completion

Students are asked to write a thorough, referee-style report on one of the papers presented in the TAPES seminar. The assignment is graded as passed or not. With a satisfactory completion of the course, each participant will be issued a certificate with 5 ECTS credits as a recommendation to be acknowledged by the student’s own university.

More detailed instructions will be shared in due course.

Looking forward to seeing you in Helsinki!

Spencer Bastani (IFAU and UCFS)
Jarkko Harju (Tampere University)
Tuomas Kosonen (VATT Institute for Economic Research)
Kaisa Kotakorpi (Tampere University)
Jukka Pirttilä (University of Helsinki, VATT, and Helsinki GSE)
Håkan Selin (IFAU and UCFS)                      

Additional information and inquiries: fit.events@tuni.fi

The address of the registration form: https://forms.office.com/e/E40wijQTs9

Photo: SKYFOX / Marko Kallio