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"The Future World of Work" Research Award – Closing Date Drawing Closer

With the aim of supporting up-and-coming researchers in the region, the Volksbank Weinheim Foundation (Volksbank Weinheim Stiftung) and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) are offering two research awards. The prizes will be awarded to the best dissertation (EUR 3,000) and the best master's thesis (EUR 2,000) on the topic "The Future World of Work". The recipients will have the opportunity to complete a research stay at ZEW.

There is a huge variety of topics for potential submissions, ranging from migration and demographic change to digitization of work. Contributions have to be submitted by October 31, 2016. They must have been completed at a non-university research institution or university either in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region (Mannheim, Heidelberg, Landau) or nearby (Karlsruhe, Darmstadt). Interested people are invited to submit their doctoral and master's theses to the Volksbank Weinheim Foundation. To qualify for the research award, the submitted thesis must have been graded between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016.


Third Annual MaTax Conference

The third edition of the Annual MaTax Conference will take place in Mannheim (Germany) on October 4-5, 2016. We invite submissions on any topics broadly related to tax research, including papers from economics, law, political science, other disciplines, and interdisciplinary contributions. The conference focuses particularly on applied and empirical papers related to business taxation, tax avoidance and evasion, behavioural responses to taxation, tax harmonization in the European Union, political economy of taxation, international taxation, tax law, and taxation of the financial sector. Download of the Conference-Programmes of the MaTax Conference 2015 and the MaTax Conference 2014.

We are very happy to announce that Dhammika Dharmapala (University of Chicago) will be giving a keynote speech. The conference is organised by the Leibniz ScienceCampus "MannheimTaxation" (short: MaTax), which is a joint initiative of the University of Mannheim and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). MaTax aims to foster high-quality research in the broad field of taxation and provides a platform to bring together researchers from various tax disciplines.


Workshop on Lab Experiments in Public Economics

This workshop takes place on February 25 and 26, 2016 at ZEW Mannheim and is sponsored by MaTax.
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IIPF Doctoral School 2016 hosted by MaTax

The third IIPF School for current and recent doctoral students will take place at ZEW in Mannheim, Germany from June 15 to June 18, 2016. The aim of IIPF Schools is to provide a forum in which new researchers can meet to learn about and discuss issues at the forefront of academic research in specific fields of public finance. Each School will be convened by leading and experienced researchers in the relevant field. The convenors will deliver lectures on, and provide an overview of, the School’s topic. New researchers will also have the opportunity to present their own research and receive constructive feedback. The topic of the 2016 edition of the School will be Social Insurance Programs, and the convenors will be two distinguished experts on this topic:

  • Luigi Pistaferri, Professor of Economics, Stanford University;
  • Josef Zweimüller, Professor of Economics, University of Zurich.

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Second International MaTax Annual Conference at ZEW

Together with ZEW and the University of Mannheim, MaTax organised the second international annual MaTax conference on taxation research, which took place on October 1 and 2, 2015. Professor Mihir Desai from Harvard Business School gave participants food for thought with his keynote lecture entitled "The Past, Present and Future of International Tax. Who's Competing and what for?"

Drawing on a number of informative examples, Professor Desai explained why public interest in competitiveness has increased and how foreign direct investment, as well as current developments in tax policy, are perceived by the public. Harvard professor Desai went on to describe how firms and states interact, and explained the role played by shareholder structures, the labour market, transfer of knowledge, management culture, productivity and politics. He concluded that national interests of governments often coincide with the ability of firms to perform globally.

Addressing the broad range of taxation research

Several of the points addressed by Desai in his keynote speech were also featured in the conference programme. In ten parallel sessions, around 70 participants discussed the latest results from empirical and theoretical taxation research. The research papers covered the areas of corporate taxation, as well as personal taxation and tax law. Amongst other topics, speakers considered the factors which might potentially influence tax planning and tax avoidance, the tax sensitivity of investment decisions, tax evasion activities, the impact of taxation on a local level, questions of distribution, the relationship between jurisdiction and the impact of taxation, as well as the incidence and impact of decisions regarding personal taxation.

MaTax internationally recognised following initiation in 2014

In total, the second MaTax annual MaTax conference offered 32 presentations given by researchers who had been selected in advance by the organisation committee, following numerous submissions from Germany and abroad. The diversity of the programme, featuring renowned speakers, indicates the excellent reputation MaTax enjoys in the research community in the second year after its kick-off.

In his introductory speech, ZEW President Professor Clemens Fuest praised the successful establishment of the ScienceCampus. He emphasized the research productivity of MaTax researchers and provided several examples of MaTax activities conducted in the past year, such as scientific conferences, a tax policy event held in Brussels as part of the ZEW Lunch Debates series, and the training of up-and-coming researchers in the taxation track at the Mannheim Graduate School. There are also numerous events planned for the coming year, many of which will draw on international cooperation. At the end of the conference, Professor Spengel from the University of Mannheim wished the participants farewell and thanked the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for their financial support of the conference.


Second Annual MaTax Conference (October 1-2, 2015)

The conference will cover many aspects of taxation research and we are looking forward to the keynote lecture by Mihir Desai (Harvard). We had many great submissions for this conference and have now put together the preliminary programme. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to conference@ZEW.de no later than August 14, 2015.

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Workshop on Lab Experiments in Public Economics (February 25-26 2016)

This workshop serves as a forum to present and discuss current research on public economics using laboratory experiments. Among other questions, we aim to discuss how real world institutions can be represented in the lab and how lab findings can be translated into real-world policy advice. The workshop brings together experts in this field in order to present and discuss their current research. We are very happy to announce that two distinguished scholars have confirmed to give keynote lectures: John-Robert Tyran (U Vienna) and Benedikt Herrmann (JRC, EU Commission). More information will follow in due time before the workshop.


ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels - "MaTax Policy Meeting" Special Edition Addresses Corporate Tax Avoidance

Aggressive tax planning and tax avoidance by multinationals are a blessing for companies - and a curse for national tax authorities and tax payers. How can large international companies be taxed adequately in Europe? What lessons can we learn from scandals such as "LuxLeaks", and what is the actual loss for public coffers if companies avoid taxes by choosing low-tax locations? These questions were discussed at the "MaTax Policy Meeting" special edition of the ZEW Lunch Debates at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union in Brussels on June 16, 2015. In her talk, Professor Katharina Finke, deputy head of the Research Department "Corporate Taxation and Public Finance" at the Centre for European Economic Research and assistant professor of accounting and taxation at the University of Mannheim, made clear that multinationals are extremely mobile due to their organisational structures. She also argued that tax regimes in the EU, which vary from Member State to Member State, further encourage aggressive tax planning.

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First Annual MaTax Conference at ZEW – National and International Researchers Discussed a Sustainable Tax System

How should a sustainable tax system be designed in order to face new challenges of economy and society as a whole? This is the central question at the Leibniz-ScienceCampus "Mannheim Taxation" (MaTax). The joint research project of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the University of Mannheim was launched on April 1, 2014. Now ZEW hosted the first MaTax conference in Mannheim on September 17 and 18, 2014. About 80 researchers from Germany and abroad attended the event.

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First Annual MaTax Conference (September 17-18, 2014)

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) hosts an international conference on taxation research on September 17 and 18, 2014, launching the new Leibniz ScienceCampus "Mannheim Taxation” (MaTax). Many renowned scholars in the field will present their latest work at the conference. We look forward to a stimulating keynote speech delivered by Professor Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan. The conference will also host the official MaTax opening ceremony, where welcome addresses will be given by the Minister of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Theresia Bauer, the President of the Leibniz Association, Professor Matthias Kleiner, as well as representatives of the University of Mannheim and ZEW. The ceremony will end with a panel discussion on recent developments in international taxation. Conference participation for non-members of MaTax is EUR 200 and by personal invitation only; please get in touch with Katharina Finke and Philipp Dörrenberg (matax@ZEW.de) for enquiries.


IIPF Doctoral School Co-Organized by MaTax

The International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) has recently launched a new initiative, jointly organized by MaTax (ZEW), CESifo Munich, University of Michigan, and the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation: An annual doctoral school, that aims to provide a new forum, in which PhD students and recent PhDs meet to learn and discuss recent research in Public Finance. The first IIPF Doctoral School will take place in September 2014 in Oxford, UK. This year’s topic will be international corporate taxation. Michael Devereux (Oxford) and Michael Keen (IMF) will be the convenors. MaTax will host the 2016 IIPF Doctoral School in Mannheim. More information and details on the application procedure is available on the IIPF website.


First Annual Conference of the Leibniz Science Campus MaTax (September 17/18, 2014)

We are happy to announce the first annual conference of the newly established Leibniz Science Campus MaTax on September 17 and 18, 2014, in Mannheim, Germany. It is an honor that one of the most renowned academics in the field of tax research, Joel Slemrod (University of Michigan), will give the keynote speech at the conference. Further presentations on different aspects of taxation researchers in the scientific part of the conference will be held by various members of our Advisory Scientic Board (list of our board members). The launch of MaTax will also be celebrated within the scope of the conference. Several laudators from our political, corporate, and academic partners will address the audience. We are looking forward to a very promising conference with prominent presenters and a high-quality scientific programme. More information will follow soon.


New Leibniz ScienceCampus "MaTax" in Mannheim - New European Centre of Excellence in Tax Research Launched by ZEW and the University of Mannheim Strengthens the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region as a Leading-Edge Scientific Location

The Leibniz ScienceCampus "Mannheim Taxation" (MaTax) begins operating on April 1, 2014. MaTax is a joint project of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the University of Mannheim. The ScienceCampus is jointly funded by the two participating institutions as well as the Leibniz Association, of which ZEW is a member, and the State of Baden-Württemberg. This scientific centre of excellence in tax research is the first of its kind in Germany and Europe. "The close cooperation between the University of Mannheim and ZEW plays a key role in enhancing the profile of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region and in particular the city of Mannheim as a research location and as a centre of excellent scientifically grounded tax policy advice", says Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Science, Research and the Arts, Theresia Bauer. MaTax is already the second Leibniz ScienceCampus that was successfully established in Mannheim. read more