Faculty Lecture Series Continues with Jon Bakija, Professor of Economics

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 16, 2018—Jon Bakija, professor of economics, will present the third lecture in the Williams College Faculty Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 22. The talk will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Thompson Chemistry, Wege Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, titled “Tax Policy in the Age of Trump (and Beyond),” Bakija will discuss the main economic and social challenges that should inform the design of tax policy in the U.S., explain the major elements of the new federal tax law that was enacted in 2017, and consider what we can learn from empirical evidence and the experiences of other countries about the likely impacts of the recent tax changes and other reforms that are likely to be considered in the future.

Bakija earned a B.A. in government at Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan, and has taught at Williams since 1999. He is co-author with Joel Slemrod of the book Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen’s Guide to the Debate over Taxes, the 5th edition of which was published by MIT Press in 2017. He is also co-author with Lane Kenworthy, Peter Lindert, and Jeff Madrick of the book, How Big Should Our Government Be?, published by University of California Press in 2016. He has conducted empirical research on how tax policy affects various economic outcomes including economic growth, charitable giving, capital gains realizations, and migration across states, as well as the causes of rising income inequality in the U.S. Bakija has also worked at the Urban Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Congressional Budget Office, as a technical staff member on the 2005 President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform, and as a visiting associate professor at Cornell Law School. At Williams he teaches courses in public economics, tax policy, and political economy.

The Faculty Lecture Series will continue on March 1 with Bernie Rhie, associate professor of English, who will discuss “Zen and the Art of American Literature.”


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