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Drexel School of Economics and Econsult Solutions, Inc. present their 2nd Annual Urban Economic Policy Conference: Topics in Urban Tax Policy

Gerri C. LeBow Hall
3220 Market Street
Rm. 220 Grand Meeting Room (2nd floor)
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Join Drexel School of Economics and Econsult Solutions, Inc. for their 2nd annual joint conference, discussing topics in urban tax policy. Two panel discussions will take place over the course of the afternoon: (1) Topics in Tax Administration; and (2) Tax Policy and Economic Development.

Join us as the experts debate these two timely economic topics!

12:00 p.m. Registration and lunch

12:30 p.m. Keynote: “Tax Incentives and Competition for Economic Activity”
Keynote speaker: James R. Hines, PhD, L. Hart Wright Collegiate Professor of Law and Codirector of the Law and Economics Program at Michigan, Richard A. Musgrave Collegiate Professor of Economics in U-M’s Department of Economics, and Research Director, Office of Tax Policy Research in U-M’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business

2:00 p.m. Panel discussion I: Topics in Tax Administration
Moderator: Mark Stehr, PhD, Associate Professor and Assistant Director, Drexel School of Economics
Marisa G. Waxman, Deputy Commissioner, Policy & Analysis, City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue: “Behavioral Nudges and Tax Compliance”
Michael Knoll, JD, PhD, Theodore K. Warner Professor of Law & Professor of Real Estate; Co-Director, Center for Tax Law and Policy; Deputy Dean, University of Pennsylvania Law School: “Is the Philadelphia Wage Tax Unconstitutional?”
David Merriman, PhD, Professor of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago and Visiting Fellow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy: “Cigarette Tax Avoidance and Evasion: Evidence from Littered Cigarette Packs”

3:30 p.m. Panel discussion II: Tax Policy and Economic Development
Moderator: Stephen Mullin, President and Principal of Econsult Solutions, Inc.
Daphne Kenyon, PhD, Economist and Principal, D.A. Kenyon & Associates, and Visiting Fellow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy: “Rethinking Property Tax Incentives for Business”
Paul Levy, PhD, President and CEO, Center City District: “Making the Case, Building the Coalition for Municipal Tax Reform”
Matthew Knittel, PhD, Director, Independent Fiscal Office: “Implications of Economic and Demographic Trends for State and Municipal Tax Policy”

5:00 p.m. Reception

Cost: FREE!

Seating is limited; please RSVP to secure your seat.

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  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students
  • Alumni
  • Business
  • Government
  • Non-profit


  • Economics