For those who are interested, I'm posting two schedules. The first concerns a conference to be held on May 4-5, 2006 at NYU (I should mention sponsorship by NYU, the American Enterprise Institute, the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance at Berkeley, and the Fund for Tax and Fiscal Research at Harvard Law School). Alan Auerbach and I are collaborating to do the heavy lifting in terms of setting it up.
Tentatively, and I admit not very interestingly, entitled "Key Issues in Public Finance," it is in fact a conference in honor of David Bradford, but one that is intended to be serious and substantive, looking primarily forward at issues that interested David.
The paper topics, each with an author and two discussants, are as follows
1) ISSUES OF BUDGET MEASUREMENT - author is Laurence Kotlikoff, Boston University; discussants are myself and Kent Smetters, University of Pennsylvania.
2) CONSUMPTION TAX IMPLEMENTATION - author is David Weisbach, University of Chicago; discussants are Edward McCaffrey, USC, and Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan.
3) ISSUES OF TRANSITION TO A CONSUMPTION TAX - author is Louis Kaplow, Harvard University; discussants are James Hines, University of Michigan, and Kyle Logue, University of Michigan.
4) THE NEW VIEW OF CORPORATE DIVIDENDS - author is Roger Gordon, UC San Diego; discussants are William Andrews, Harvard University, and George Zodrow, Rice University.
5) THE CHOICE BETWEEN INCOME TAXATION AND CONSUMPTION TAXATION - author is Alan Auerbach, UC Berkeley; discussants are Glenn Hubbard, Columbia University, and Alvin Warren, Harvard University.
6) FISCAL DECENTRALIZATION - author is Wallace Oates, University of Maryland; discussants are Harvey Rosen, Princeton University, and Charles McLure, Hoover Institution.
Conference volume tentatively set to be published by the Harvard University Press. I believe that interested people will generally be welcome to attend the conference.