Joint with the International Growth Centre (IGC) State Capabilities Programme Meeting

18-19 June 2010

London School of Economics

The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for high-quality work in public economics and to bring together economists in the field from across Europe and key researchers from outside the region. Paper proposals are invited in any area of public economics broadly defined (including tax and transfer policy, public goods, social insurance, income distribution, political economy, organization in the public sector, and public policy issues more generally). Both theoretical and empirical work is welcome.

This year, the symposium includes a special theme on "Public Economics and Development", and one day of the conference will be devoted to papers on this topic. A keynote lecture entitled "Public Finance and Development" will be given by Professor Tim Besley.

The conference hopes to provide a unique opportunity for researchers from different universities and countries to discuss their work in a relaxed atmosphere and to develop long-term collaborative relationships. It also aspires to provide young researchers with the opportunity to meet and discuss their work with senior economists.

The organizers will bring together around 40 economists for a period of two days (Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19). To foster the desired interaction we ask that participants stay for the entire duration of the symposium. The symposium will end at 5pm on Saturday.