RIETI Special Seminar

U.S. Tax Reform: Prospects and Roadblocks


Since the U.S. presidential election last year, discussion on corporate tax reform has been heating up given global economic developments stroking interest in international tax systems, and Donald Trump's tax reform plan sparking international controversy. The major corporate tax rate cut is not the only pillar of Trump's tax reform, but a shift to a destination-based cash flow tax which is based on the House Republicans' tax blueprint.

We invite Professor Alan J. Auerbach of the University of California, Berkeley to give his evaluation of the tax reform plan and discuss the current politics of U.S. tax reform.


  • Time and Date: 12:15-14:00, Monday, August 21, 2017 (Registration desk and seminar room open at 12:00)
  • Venue: RIETI's Seminar room (METI Annex 11th floor, 1121)
    100-8901 Tokyo 11th floor, Annex, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) 1-3-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • Language(s): Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: Free (Please feel free to bring your own lunch.)
  • Host(s): Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Seating Capacity: 100
  • Contact: RIETI Ms. TAKEKAWA ( )
    Tel: 03-3501-8398


12:15 - 12:25

Opening Remarks

YANO Makoto (President and CRO, RIETI)

12:25 - 13:25

Presentation: U.S. Tax Reform: Prospects and Roadblocks

Alan J. AUERBACH (Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law, University of California, Berkeley)

13:25 - 14:00


Discussant and Moderator

SATO Motohiro (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Economics, School of International and Public Policy, Hitotsubashi University)

*Agenda is subject to change

Profile of speaker

Alan Auerbach is the Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law, Director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, and former Chair of the Economics Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and previously taught at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as Economics Department Chair. Professor Auerbach was Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation in 1992 and currently serves on the advisory panels of the Congressional Budget Office, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He was an Executive Committee Member and Vice President of the American Economic Association, Editor of that association's Journal of Economic Perspectives and American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and President of the National Tax Association, from which he received the Daniel M. Holland Medal in 2011. Professor Auerbach is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society.