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Editor's Advisory: Economists to discuss consumption tax proposals Dec. 1

STANFORD -- National academic experts on taxes will discuss the implications of various proposals to replace the U.S. income tax with a consumption tax at a Stanford conference on Friday, Dec. 1.

Reporters are welcome to attend the sessions, which will be held at the Donald L. Lucas Conference Center of the Center for Economic Policy Research, at the corner of Galvez and Serra streets on campus.

The speakers, their topics and times of presentation are listed below:

9 -10:15 am. -- Alan Auerbach, University of California-Berkeley, on "The Implications of the Leading Consumption Tax Proposals for Economic Efficiency, Investment and Growth." Discussants will be Stanford economists John Shoven and John Taylor.

10:30-11:45 a.m. -- Robert Hall, Hoover Institution and Stanford, on "International Consequences of the Leading Consumption Tax Proposals." Discussants will be economists Anne Krueger of Stanford and Arnold Harberger of U.C.L.A.

1:30 -2:45 p.m. -- Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan, on "Are the Leading Consumption Tax Proposals Less Complex than Simplified Income Taxation?" Discussants are David Bradford of Princeton and Charles McLure of the Hoover Institution.

2:45-4 p.m. -- R. Glenn Hubbard, Columbia University, on "The Distributional Implications of the Leading Consumption Tax Proposals." Discussants will be J. Karl Scholz of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Lawrence Goulder of Stanford.

4:15-5:30 p.m. -- Michael Boskin of Stanford and the Hoover Institution, on "An Economist's Evaluation of the Political Discourse on Consumption Taxation." Discussants will be B. Douglas Bernheim of Stanford and Alvin Rabushka of Hoover and Stanford.


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