media release

Leading London economist talks taxes

October 01, 2013

Rebecca Ho, Communications, Economics, 778.782.5824,
Kamilah Charters-Gabanek, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

Economist and professor Richard Blundell of the University College London and Institute for Fiscal Studies will give a free, public lecture on Friday, Oct. 4, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at SFU Vancouver’s Fletcher Challenge Theatre.

The talk, entitled Using Evidence to Improve the Tax System: Lessons from the Mirrlees Review, is part of the Bank of Montreal Lecture Series. The series brings leading academics and speakers to SFU for public lectures each year.

In 2011, Blundell and a team of high-profile international experts developed the Mirrlees Review, a comprehensive analysis of world tax systems. The review, published in two volumes by Oxford University Press, is available for free download on the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ website.

Referencing these findings, Blundell will explain how taxes influence our everyday decisions and the potential for tax reform to create a more efficient economy and society. The taxation of earnings and the advantages and challenges to reform will also be discussed.

Richard Blundell holds the David Ricardo Chair of Political Economy at University College London, where he became a professor of economics in 1984.

Since 1986, he has been research director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), where he is also director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy.

Blundell is a graduate of the University of Bristol and the London School of Economics. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, the Norwegian School of Economics, and the University of Mannheim in Germany. Additionally, he has held visiting professor positions at UBC, MIT and Berkeley. 

Blundell will be available to talk with media from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required as seating is limited.

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