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Robin Boadway

Robin Boadway is D. C. Smith Chair in Economics at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He is author or editor of many books, including Fiscal Federalism: Principles and Practice of Multiorder Governance (coauthor with Anwar Shah)

Titles by This Author

Retrospective and Prospective Views

Many things inform a country’s choice of tax system, including political considerations, public opinion, bureaucratic complexities, and ideas drawn from theoretical analysis. In this book, Robin Boadway examines the role of optimal tax analysis in informing and influencing tax policy design. Scholars of public economics formulate models of optimal tax-transfer systems based on normative principles that reflect efficiency and equity considerations. They use that analysis to form views about the optimal design or reform of actual tax systems that are much more complicated than their models.