Public Sector Economics
2019 Conference

Keynote speakers


Enid Slack, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, Canada 

Director of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. She has consulted on municipal finance and governance issues with the World Bank, the IMF, CIDA, UN Habitat, ADB, and IDB in countries such as Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Mexico, Mongolia, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. She has written several books and articles on property taxes, intergovernmental transfers, development charges, financing municipal infrastructure, municipal governance, and municipal boundary restructuring funding, including The Political Economy of Property Tax Reform (with Richard Bird), UN Habitat Guide to Municipal Finance, and Financing Infrastructure: Who Should Pay? (co-edited with Richard Bird). She received her B.A. from York University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toronto. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work on cities.


Sarah Perret, Economist and Deputy Head of Unit, OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration

Sarah Perret has been working as an Economist at the OECD since 2010. After spending three years in the OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, she joined the Tax Policy and Statistics Division of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. She is primarily responsible for leading the Tax Policy Reforms report, an annual flagship publication that provides a comparative overview of tax reforms across all OECD countries and selected partner economies, and for conducting OECD Tax Policy Reviews, which assess countries’ tax systems and provide recommendations for tax reform. She is also the author of a number of studies and papers on wealth taxation and on tax design for inclusive growth. Sarah holds two masters degrees in economics and international relations from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris.


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