Franklin Founders Celebration
9:00a.m. - 11:15a.m.
This year saw sweeping changes to the current tax-code. The University of Pennsylvania has experts able to comment on various aspects of the tax-code and the impact on the economy.
Professor Jennifer Blouin’s research centers on the role of taxation in firm decision making. She studies taxation in many contexts, including capital structure, asset pricing, payout policy and multinational firm behavior. Professor Blouin’s research has been published in top-tier academic journals including Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, National Tax Journal and the Journal of the American Taxation Association.
Kimberly Burham focuses on the development, presentation, and communications strategy of the Penn Wharton Budget Model as well as tracking policy options and writing whitepapers. Her prior research includes work on pensions, retirement savings, retirement preparation, investor demographics and behavior, Social Security claiming behavior, and expenditures by the aged.
Ioana Marinescu is an economist who studies the labor market to craft policies that can enhance employment, productivit, and economic security. To make an informed policy decision, it is crucial to determine the costs and benefits of policies. Dr. Marinescu’s research expertise includes online job search, workforce development, unemployment insurance, the universal basic income and employment contracts.
Professor Smetters brings a wealth of policy expertise to The Penn Wharton Budget Model, with a strong record of research in public economics as well as work experience in the public sector. Starting in May 2001, he spent 17 months serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He subsequently became a member of the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Dynamic Scoring, convened by the Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress.