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Woodworth Memorial Lecture: The Role of Luck in Tax Policy

May 5, 2017

Dr. Mark J. Mazur, the Robert C. Pozen Director of the Tax Policy Center, will present the 2017 Laurence Neal Woodworth Memorial Lecture in Federal Tax Law and Policy at the ABA Tax Section May meeting. Dr. Mazur will present “The Role of Luck in Tax Policy” on May 11, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the Farragut/Lafayette Room at the Grand Hyatt Washington D.C.

Mazur’s presentation will cover the role luck plays in aspects of everyday life, including the development of tax policy. For example, whether tax reform gets enacted in any particular time period is uncertain and is affected by various types of seemingly random events. Moreover, in designing a tax-reform plan, one should incorporate uncertainty into the analysis, especially if luck is an important component in determining incomes or returns to capital.

Mazur was the assistant secretary for tax policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury from 2012 until early 2017. He served in the federal government for 27 years in various positions, including economist at the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation; senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; senior director at the National Economic Council; chief economist and senior policy advisor at the Department of Energy; director of policy at the Department of Energy; acting administrator of the Energy Information Administration; director of research, analysis and statistics at the Internal Revenue Service; and deputy assistant secretary for tax analysis in the Office of Tax Policy. Prior to entering public service, Mazur was an assistant professor at the School of Urban and Public Affairs (now the Heinz School). He has a Ph.D. in business and a master’s degree in economics from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in financial administration from Michigan State University.

The Laurence Neal Woodworth Memorial Lecture in Federal Tax Law and Policy recognizes one of Ohio Northern’s most distinguished alumni: Laurence Neal Woodworth, BA ’40. The Lecture continues Woodworth’s contributions to the tax profession via an annual presentation by a recognized expert in the field of United States tax law and policy.