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October 19, 2016, 15:00-17:00  Venue:CIGS Meeting Room3

Professor Selahattin Imrohoroglu Seminar "Replacing Income Taxation with Consumption Taxation in Japan"

The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a seminar on October 19, 2016 inviting Professor Selahattin Imrohoroglu, CIGS International Senior Fellow.

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(Prof. Imrohoroglu, Prof. Kobayashi from the left)

Seminar outline
Title: "Replacing Income Taxation with Consumption Taxation in Japan"
Speaker: Selahattin Imrohoroglu, Professor of Finance and Business Economics, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California / CIGS International Fellow
Moderator: Keiichiro Kobayashi, Research Director, CIGS


Program
ProgramPDF:237KB



Presentation
Presentation by Professor ImrohorogluPDF:869KB



Abstract of the Speech
Large government expenditures in response to low economic growth in the 1990's and 2000's have caused Japan to accumulate the highest debt to output ratio among advanced economies. In addition, this ratio is expected to continue to rise as Japan projects significant increases in public pensions and health expenditures due to the aging of the population. In this paper, we focus on the output and welfare effects of a reduction in income taxation in Japan where the lost revenue is replaced by consumption taxation. We consider various tax reforms in the Japanese context described in Hansen and Imrohoroglu (2016). Reducing or eliminating labor or capital income taxation, and, replacing the lost revenues with higher consumption taxation, produces sizable increases in labor supply, investment and output. For example, while output is projected to be roughly constant between 2015 and 2020 under the benchmark equilibrium transition representing the status quo, under an alternative transition path it would be 7% to 14% higher by 2020.


Professor Selahattin Imrohoroglu's profile
1988 University of Minnesota, Department of Economics, Ph.D., Economics
1981 Middle East Technical University, Department of Economics, M.S., Economics
1980 Middle East Technical University, Department of Economics, B.S., Economics
2011 - 2013 Academic Director and Assistant Dean, IBEAR MBA Program, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
2000 - present Professor of Finance and Business Economics, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
1995 - 2010 Associate Professor of Finance and Business Economics, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
1987 - 1995 Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Economics, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
Short-Term Visiting Positions Bank of Japan, Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and New York; University of Minnesota, Stern School of Business NYU