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prof. dr. Willem Vermeend

prof. dr. Willem Vermeend

Leading Dutch expert on finances and taxes
Languages : English, Dutch

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Prof. dr. Willem A.F.G. Vermeend, an expert on finances and taxes, is senior counsel with Boer & Croon Strategy Management Group and professor of European Fiscal Economics at the University of Maastricht. In addition, dr. Willem Vermeend is chairman of and member of several public and commercial company supervisory boards and a member of the Board of Trustees of University Hospital Erasmus Rotterdam. Between 1994 and 2002 he was a member of the Dutch Parliament and served as State Secretary of

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Prof. dr. Willem A.F.G. Vermeend, an expert on finances and taxes, is senior counsel with Boer & Croon Strategy Management Group and professor of European Fiscal Economics at the University of Maastricht. In addition, dr. Willem Vermeend is chairman of and member of several public and commercial company supervisory boards and a member of the Board of Trustees of University Hospital Erasmus Rotterdam. Between 1994 and 2002 he was a member of the Dutch Parliament and served as State Secretary of Finance and Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. He reformed the Dutch tax system.

In 2007, he was appointed board member of cross-media company TSS. His extensive knowledge, combined with a lot of humour and the right body language, make Willem Vermeend an outstanding speaker, who is able to fascinate his audience, and an excellent chairman.

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Taxes and the Economy

Title:
 
Taxes and the Economy
Subtitle:
 
A Survey of the Impact of Taxes on Growth, Employment, Investment, Consumption and the Environment
Author:
 
prof. dr. Willem Vermeend
Book:
 
Hardcover
ISBN:
 
978-18-472-0115-7
 
 
 

This book discusses the impact of taxation on economic growth, employment, investment, consumption and the environment. The public finance literature commonly distinguishes between three major functions of taxation: the traditional function of raising revenue to finance government expenditure; the distributional function as an instrument to alter the distribution of income and wealth amongst households; and the regulatory function that uses taxation at the benefit of stabilization and other economic policies. Especially after the Second World War, OECD countries have increasingly used taxation to achieve a variety of economic and social objectives. Today many governments use the tax system to stimulate economic growth and employment. Fiscal measures also play a role in creating a favourable climate for business investment and to promote a long-term sustainable environmental policy. Currently, in the debate on global warming, the use of tax Instruments to tackle climate change is on the top of the international agenda.

The authors aim to provide the reader with the necessary empirical Information, while at the same time presenting an overview of the latest theory and best practices. In doing so, many relevant policy issues are touched upon. Based on theoretical and empirical studies and practical experiences in OECD countries, the book establishes guidelines for effective tax policy. The book offers tools for tax design in a globalising economy and the world of the internet with increasing tax competition and a growing battle for companies and brains between countries. The book also presents a 'carrot and stick' model to promote clean technologies, reduce pollution and combat climate change. The message from the authors is straightforward: broad, low, simple, and a shift from income to consumption taxation. These principles are illustrated in a concept proposal for a so-called Second Life Tax system.

Willem Vermeend, former Minister in the Dutch government, is in the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Economics at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, Riek van der Ploeg, former State Secretary in the Dutch government, is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford, UK and at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Jan Willem Timmer is in the Faculty of Law at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands.