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undefinedInternational Tax Policy Forum and
Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center

Who Pays the Corporate Tax in an Open Economy?
With a Keynote Address by former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Lawrence Summers

Date:Tuesday, December 18, 2007, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location:Urban Institute, 2100 M St., NW, Washington, DC (entrance on 21st Street) 5th Floor, Katharine Graham Conference Center

This conference considers the distribution of corporate tax burdens in open economies. It is well understood that high corporate taxes may be borne by capital owners in the form of lower after-tax profits, by consumers in the form of higher prices, or by workers in the form of reduced wages. Expanding international trade and investment may change the effects of corporate taxation, with implications for the distribution of the U.S. corporate tax burden.

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8:15 a.m.Registration
8:50 a.m.Introductory Remarks
John Samuels (GE) and Bill Gale (Brookings)
9:00 a.m.What do we know about who bears the corporate tax burden?
Moderator: James Hines (Michigan)
Presenter: Alan Auerbach (UC-Berkeley)
9:45 amHow does the U.S. government distribute corporate tax burdens?
Moderator: Alan Auerbach (UC-Berkeley)
Presenter: Alan Viard (AEI)
10:15 amEvidence of the impact of corporate taxation on wages and profits
Moderator: Glenn Hubbard (Columbia)
Presenters: Mihir Desai (Harvard) and Fritz Foley (Harvard)
Discussant: Kevin Hassett (AEI)
11:15 amIs it time to change the way the U.S. government distributes corporate tax burdens?
Moderator: Michael Graetz (Yale)
Presenters: Robert Carroll (U.S. Treasury), William Gale (Brookings Institution),
James Hines (Michigan) and William Randolph (CBO)
12:30 pmKeynote Address: Lawrence Summers (Harvard)
1:15 pm


To RSVP please register online or contact Julianna Koch at 202-261-5538 or