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The Political Economy of Tax Reform in Latin America

This conference was a follow-up of an effort to help foster public debate and brainstorm concrete ways to mitigate the adverse effects of indirect taxation on the poor and reverse the high rates of tax evasion among the wealthy.

Date & Time

Dec. 11, 2012
8:30am – 1:00pm ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Numerous studies have documented the extent to which systems for collecting tax revenue in the region remain regressive and have done little to improve the region’s high levels of inequality. What might progressive tax reform-and an accompanying political strategy-look like? How are decisions about the tax structure made and who are the key players?  How does the political, social, and economic context shape the arena of strategic decision making and/or the possibilities for reform?

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.   Welcome
Cynthia Arnson, Woodrow Wilson Center

8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Keynotes
Santiago Levy, Inter-American Development Bank
Vito Tanzi, former Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF  Comment: Carlos M. Gutiérrez, Citibank

10:25 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Panel I
Juan Pablo Jiménez, CEPAL
Carlos Elizondo, CIDE, Mexico
Natalia Salazar, Fedesarrollo, Colombia     Moderator: Marcelo Bergman, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina

11:50 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Panel II
José Roberto Afonso, Technical Consultant, Brazilian Federal Senate
Andrés Rius, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Tasha Fairfield, London School of Economics    Moderator: James Mahon, Williams College


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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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