Public Economics Program Meeting

Ricardo Perez-Truglia and Gabriel Zucman, Organizers

October 27-28, 2022

Hyatt Regency, Charles View Ballroom, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Conference Code of Conduct

Thursday, October 27
11:00 am
Sacha Dray, The World Bank
Camille Landais, London School of Economics
Stefanie Stantcheva, Harvard University and NBER

Wealth and Property Taxation in the United States (slides)
11:40 am
Jacob Robbins, University of Illinois at Chicago
Richard C. Campbell, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Value of Private Business in the United States
12:20 pm
1:00 pm
Anders Jensen, Harvard University and NBER
David Lagakos, Boston University and NBER
James Dzansi, International Growth Centre
Henry Telli, International Growth Centre

Technology and Tax Capacity: Evidence from Local Governments in Ghana
1:40 pm
Hadi Elzayn, Stanford University
Evelyn A. Smith, University of Michigan
Tom Hertz, Department of the Treasury
Robin Fisher, Department of the Treasury
Daniel E. Ho, Stanford University
Jacob Goldin, University of Chicago and NBER

How the Design of Algorithms for Taxpayer Audits Affects the Distribution of Audited Taxpayers by Race
2:20 pm
2:40 pm
Oyebola Okunogbe, World Bank Research Group

Becoming Legible to the State: The Role of Detection and Enforcement Capacity in Tax Compliance
3:20 pm
Juliana Londoño-Vélez, University of California, Los Angeles and NBER
Dario Tortarolo, Development Research Group (DECRG), World Bank

Revealing 21% of GDP in Hidden Assets: Evidence from Argentina’s Tax Amnesties (slides)
4:00 pm
4:20 pm
Augustin Bergeron, University of Southern California and NBER
Pedro Bessone, Uber Technologies
John Kabeya Kabeya, Direction Générale des Recettes du Kasai Central
Gabriel Z. Tourek, University of Pittsburgh and NBER
Jonathan L. Weigel, University of California, Berkeley and NBER

Optimal Assignment of Bureaucrats: Evidence from Randomly Assigned Tax Collectors in the DRC
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
Reception and Group Dinner, Mount Auburn Ballroom
Keynote address by Natasha Sarin, Department of the Treasury (this event will be in-person only)
Friday, October 28
8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
9:20 am
Andrew Garin, Carnegie Mellon University and NBER
Dmitri K. Koustas, University of Chicago
Carl McPherson, University of California at Berkeley
Samuel Norris, University of British Columbia
Matthew Pecenco, Brown University
Evan K. Rose, University of Chicago and NBER
Yotam Shem-Tov, University of California, Los Angeles and NBER
Jeffrey Weaver, University of Southern California

The Impact of Incarceration on Employment and Earnings
10:00 am
Cailin R. Slattery, University of California, Berkeley

The Political Economy of Subsidy Giving
10:20 am
11:00 am
Pablo A. Celhay, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Paul Gertler, University of California, Berkeley and NBER
Marcelo Olivares, Universidad de Chile
Raimundo Undurraga, Universidad de Chile

Monitoring, Organizational Culture, and the Efficiency of Public Procurement
11:40 am
Matias Giaccobasso, VATT Institute for Economic Research and FIT

Growing Up Over the Social Safety Net: The Effects of a Cash Transfer Program on the Transition to Adulthood
12:20 pm
1:00 pm
Brian Jacob, University of Michigan and NBER
Damon Jones, University of Chicago and NBER
Benjamin J. Keys, University of Pennsylvania and NBER

How Much do Borrowers Value Student Debt Relief? Evidence from the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
1:40 pm
Elizabeth Burland, University of Michigan
Susan Dynarski, Harvard University and NBER
Katherine Michelmore, University of Michigan and NBER
Stephanie Owen, Colby College
Shwetha Raghuraman, University of Michigan

The Power of Certainty: Experimental Evidence on the Effective Design of Free Tuition Programs
2:20 pm