Public Economics:


London- Paris Public Economics conference “Taxes, welfare and social insurance in the 21st Century”
20 September 2018

Venue: One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

The event brought together an international field of experts and senior policy-makers to discuss the big challenges with respect to in-work poverty, and what we know – and need to know – about policy effectiveness.

Organisers: Richard Blundell, Antoine Bozio, Robert Joyce, Camille Landais and Johannes Spinnewijn.

Panel Discussion: What should policy do about low earnings

Panelists: Richard Blundell, Tito Boeri, Ben Chu, Hilary Hoynes, Philippe Martin, and Lindsey Whyte.

View the conference programme.

For photographs of the panel discussion, please see our Flickr album.


Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar
4-5 June 2018

Co-sponsored By: The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and STICERD at the London School of Economics (LSE)

Location: London School of Economics

Organizers: Hilary W. Hoynes, Camille Landais, and Johannes Spinnewijn.

Income inequality has increased in both the U.S. and the U.K. in the last three decades, generating new interest in the factors that contribute to inequality and the consequences of policies that might affect it.

To provide new insights on the broad topic of inequality and public policy, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), jointly with the Suntory and Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at the London School of Economics (LSE), will sponsor the 2018 Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar at the LSE.  The program, organized by Camille Landais and Johannes Spinnewijn of LSE and Hilary Hoynes of the University of California, Berkeley and NBER, will consist of about twelve papers.   Papers from the conference will be considered for a special issue of the Journal of Public Economics, subject to the normal refereeing process.  

The conference organizers welcome submissions on any topic related to the general theme of “Inequality and Public Policy,” including but not limited to:

  • The impact of taxes, social insurance, and social safety net programs on measured inequality and household behavior;
  • The role of labor market institutions, such as unionization, minimum wages, and the size of the informal sector, in affecting the wage distribution and income inequality;
  • The contributions of firm behavior, education, skills, and technological change to trends in equality and the incomes of particular groups;
  • The measurement of both point-in-time inequality in earnings, wages, income, and consumption, as well as trends in these variables;
  • The determinants of inequality spatially, across genders, race, or ethnic groups, and on other dimensions.

For further information and a full schedule please visit


IFS/STICERD Public Economics Seminars

Held Wednesdays, during term time, at 12:30 - 13:45

Location: Insitute for Fiscal Studies (7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE)


Wednesday  26 June 2019  12:30 - 13:45

Monica Costa Dias (Institute for Fiscal Studies)


Wednesday  19 June 2019  12:30 - 13:45

Anna Aizer (Brown)


Wednesday  05 June 2019  12:30 - 13:45

Lee Lockwood (University of Virginia)


Wednesday  29 May 2019  12:30 - 13:45

Florian Scheuer (University of Zurich)


Wednesday  15 May 2019  12:30 - 13:45

Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato (Duke University)


Wednesday  01 May 2019  12:30 - 13:45

Dmitry Taubinsky (University of California, Berkeley)