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Carbon Taxes - A Tool for Managing Climate Change or a Threat to the World’s Poor?

New York, June 17, 2008


  • Ambassador Byron Blake, Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN

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  • Michael Keen is Advisor in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund, having been until recently head of the Tax Policy Division. Before joining the Fund, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Essex (U.K.), and visiting professor at Queen's University (Canada) and Kyoto University (Japan). He was President of the International Institute of Public Finance from 2003 to 2006, and is currently a member of the Board of the National Tax Association. He has written on a range of issues in theoretical and applied public finance, with publications in the American Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, National Tax Journal, and elsewhere, is co-author of The Modern VAT, and has consulted for the World Bank, European Commission, the House of Lords and the private sector.

  • Gilbert E. Metcalf is a Professor of Economics at Tufts University, where he recently served as the chair of the Department of Economics. Mr. Metcalf is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, has taught at Princeton University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has served as a Visiting Scholar at MIT. He has served as a consultant to various organizations including the Chinese Ministry of Finance, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Argonne National Laboratory. Mr. Metcalf's primary research area is applied Public Finance with particular interests in taxation and investment, tax incidence, energy and environmental economics. He has published papers in numerous academic journals, has edited two books, and has contributed chapters to several books on tax policy. Mr. Metcalf received a B.A. in Mathematics from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.

  • Tariq Banuri is Senior Fellow and Director of the Future Sustainability Program at the Stockholm Environment Institute. Prior to this post, he was Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Pakistan. He also served on national and international forums for policy, advocacy and research, including as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the World Future Council and chair of the Board of Governors of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and as a Research Fellow at the World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). In addition, he was Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Prior to his research posts, Mr. Banuri worked for the Civil Service of Pakistan. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.


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