Huub Brouwer

Thesis title                                                             

Distributive justice and taxation

                                                                                                                                                   Supervisors
Prof. Dr. M.M.S.K. (Maureen) Sie and Prof. Dr. J.J. (Jack) Vromen

Project description
My project is aimed at bridging the gap between theories of distributive justice and the design of tax systems. Taxation is arguably the most important way in which governments implement a conception of distributive justice. Nevertheless, economists and philosophers have done surprisingly little to connect the design of tax systems to these abstract conceptions. I believe this to be a missed opportunity. The tools of political philosophy could help economists improve their advice on issues of taxation. This is especially important because population ageing as well as growing inequality between the rich and poor in many countries mean that systematic, practically useful guidance on questions of taxation will be in high demand for years to come. 

Research interests
My research interests lie at the intersection of political philosophy and optimal tax theory

Background
LinkedIn profile

Contact
E: brouwer@fwb.eur.nl
T: +31 (0)1 04 081 319

About EIPE

Although researchers with a serious interest in economic methodology are scattered around the world, there is only one Ph.D. program in the field, at Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Not surprisingly, this institute has attracted an outstanding faculty; and it regularly hosts as visitors all the leading figures in the field. It is a very special place which I regularly recommend to students interested in graduate studies in economic methodology.
Daniel Hausman
Herbert A. Simon and Hilldale Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison