US economy and tax policy in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 25


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

US economy and tax policy in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 25

HOUSTON – (Sept. 17, 2013) – Two economists and tax policy experts will discuss the importance and economic impact of reforming U.S. tax policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 25. The event is part of the Baker Institute’s 20th anniversary events series.

Who:              John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at the Baker Institute and an adjunct professor of economics at Rice, and George Zodrow, Rice’s Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Economics and a Baker Institute Rice Scholar.

What:             Discussion on “Tax Policy and the Economy.”

When:            Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m.

Where:           Rice University, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

Diamond and Zodrow will address the economic effects and importance of tax reform in light of the fiscal challenges facing the U.S. They will also explore critical issues in designing corporate and individual tax reform plans.

The Baker Institute celebrates its 20th year in 2013. To mark this milestone, the institute is holding a series of special events that highlight its programs and research. Throughout the year, lectures and conferences have focused on a host of important and timely issues, including the crisis in Syria, the politics of reform in China and U.S. immigration reform. Upcoming events include an exploration of the euro crisis and a Nov. 8 gala celebration. For more information on the institute’s 20 anniversary, see

To view the event description, visit Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.


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Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog,

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.