Presented in partnership with SFU Department of Economics:
"Does our Taxation System Create Wealth and Social Equity?" Economic Experts Weigh In.

Conversations about taxes can be polarizing. The BC tax system is complex and has a profound impact on the daily lives and decisions of the people of this province. Some of BC's best economic minds shared their perspective on the benefits and challenges of the current tax system. After our speakers presented, they had a dialogue with the audience.


Wed, 02 Oct 2013 6:00 PM


Room 1400, Harbour Centre
SFU Vancouver, 515 West Hastings


Jonathan Rhys Kesselman joined Simon Fraser University’s School of Public Policy in 2004, where he is a professor and holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Finance. Professor Kesselman is a frequent commentator on issues of public finance, taxation, and economic policy, and has written widely on topics in tax policy, income security, employment policy, and social insurance finance.

His research interests in recent years include the economics of tax avoidance and evasion, reform of the GST and provincial sales taxes, and the finance of post-secondary education.

Kevin Milligan is Associate Professor of Economics in the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia, and is also affiliated with the C.D. Howe Institute and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Since 2011, he has served as Co-Editor of the Canadian Tax Journal.

His research spans the fields of public and labour economics, with a focus on the economics of children and the elderly, as well as other tax and labour market policy topics.

Krishna Pendakur has been with the SFU Department of Economics since November 1994. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Pendakur's major teaching areas are econometrics and public finance. He does empirical research on the measurement of poverty and economic inequality, the estimation of consumer demand, and semi-parametric and non-parametric econometrics. His research primarily focuses on public policy and programmes, and their impact on the lives of poor people in Canada, with the goal of improving the situation.


Steeve Mongrain is an Professor of Economics and the Associate Chair of the Department of Economics at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree in Economics from Queen’s University in 1998, and his Master and Undergraduate degree in Economics from Laval University in 1993 and 1994 respectively.

Public Economic and Law and Economic are his main areas of research on topics that includes taxation, unemployment insurance, tax evasion, law enforcement, and private protection. He has published widely in these areas, including publications in the Journal of International Economics, International Economic Review, Journal of Public Economic, and in the Journal Law, Economics and Organization.

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