Keynote Speakers 2021

Jérôme Frans Adda

Professor of Economics

Bocconi University

Marianne P. Bitler

Professor of Economics

University of California, Davis

John N. Friedman

Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Brown University

Andrea Weber

Professor of Economics

Central European University

Jérôme Frans Adda is Professor of Economics at Bocconi University. Previously he was Professor of Economics at the European University Institute – Florence and Professor of Economics at University College – London.

Professor Adda is Joint Managing Editor for Review of Economic Studies, CEPR Research Fellow, IGIER Research Fellow, Institute for Fiscal Studies – International Research Fellow, IZA Research Fellow.

Professor Adda´s research focuses on labour economics, health economics and macroeconomics.

Marianne Bitler has expertise in public economics, labor economics, health economics and applied microeconomics.

Before coming to UC Davis, she was a professor of economics at UC Irvine. She has also worked at the Public Policy Institute of California, the RAND Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Trade Commission.

She is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at IZA. She is currently the chair of a CNSTAT Panel on Improving Consumer Data for Food and Nutrition Policy Research for the Economic Research Service, USDA and co-editor of the American Journal of Health Economics.
Professor Bitler’s research focuses on the effects of government safety net programs on disadvantaged groups, economic demography, health economics, public economics, and the economics of education.

John N. Friedman is a professor of economics and international affairs and public policy at Brown University. He is also a founding co-director of Opportunity Insights at Harvard University, a research and policy institute using big data to understand the forces influencing upward mobility and develop scalable policy solution to increase it. Friedman’s research has yielded policy-relevant insights on a wide range of topics, including education access and quality, taxation, healthcare, and data privacy.

His work has appeared in top academic journals as well as in major media outlets. His most well-known papers estimate the effects of childhood influences (including neighbourhoods, teacher and education quality, and access to higher education) on long-term outcomes such as earnings and incarceration.

Friedman served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council in the White House from 2013-2014. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Co-Editor of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.

Andrea Weber is an applied labor economist and her current research focuses on the interaction of labor markets with social insurance systems, the dynamics of unemployment, gender differences in the labor market, and the mobility of workers in the European Union. Andrea Weber received her Doctorate at the Vienna University of Technology in 2002.

Prior to joining CEU she was professor of labor economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, professor of economics at the University of Mannheim, and visiting assistant professor at UC Berkeley.


A detailed conference agenda (with listing of all workshop sessions, keynotes, networking events, etc.) is available at the Conftool – Conference Management Tool website . Please note on session arrangement – the last speaker of each session is the session chair. The discussant is always the following speaker, with the first speaker being the discussant of the last paper. Instructions how to access the sessions are to follow.

Program overview
Time zone: GMT 

August 17 (Tuesday)

August 18 (Wednesday)

August 19 (Thursday)

August 20 (Friday)
08:00 – 08:55 Junior Networking Sessions B
09:00 – 10:30 Opening + Keynote I (Adda) Keynote III (Weber) Working Group Sessions H
10:45 – 12:15 IIPF Board of Management meeting (on invitation, via Zoom) Working Group Sessions A Working Group Sessions D Working Group Sessions J
12:30 – 14:00 IIPF Board of Management meeting – Continued Working Group Sessions B Working Group Sessions E Working Group Sessions K
14:15 – 15:45 IIPF General Assembly of Members (on invitation and registration, via Zoom) Working Group Sessions C Working Group Sessions F Working Group Sessions L
16:00 – 17:30 Keynote II (Bitler) Working Group Sessions G Keynote IV (Friedman) + Closing and Awards
17:35 – 18:30 Junior Networking Sessions A Social Event A – Live Video Tour Social Event B – Meet a Local

Even though our conference is online this year you will still have the chance to meet other researchers and expand your network. In the Networking section of the online congress platform you will be matched with a random fellow IIPF member. Exchange your contact details using the “Connect” button, share information using the Networking chat and move on to the next person when the time is up. The People tab lists all participants that have joined the event. You can send a direct message to any participant by clicking on their name. Below you will find information on scheduled online social activities during the congress.

Junior Networking Sessions

In order to facilitate networking opportunities for junior scholars, the scientific chairs have organized several networking sessions during the IIPF congress. The small group sessions will take place on August 18 at 17:30 GMT and August 19 at 8:00 AM GMT. Junior scholars will meet with a senior mentor(s) for a short group meeting where junior scholars can get feedback on a research idea, ask career/publishing questions, or discuss other relevant topics. Eligible junior scholars are PhD students, postdocs, tenure track faculty, early career government workers, etc. within the first six years after completing their PhD (discounting for parental leave). The session will also allow junior scholars to meet other participants working in related areas. Registered Congress participants will be emailed during the summer asking for their mentor preferences. Confirmed mentors and topics include:

David R. Agrawal – Tax Competition / Commodity Taxes
N. Meltem Daysal – Health Economics
John N. Friedman – Economic Mobility / Education
Clemens Fuest – International Taxation
Etienne Lehmann – Optimal Tax and Theory
Lucija Muehlenbachs – Energy and Environmental Economics
Victoria Perry – Taxes and Development / Government & International Organizations
Nadine Riedel Publishing in ITAX
Sebastian Siegloch – Local Public Finance
Marianne Simonsen – Public Policies and Children
Joel Slemrod – Tax Evasion and Enforcement
Andrea Weber – Labor Markets and Social Policy

More mentors possibly added depending on demand

Social Event A – Live Tour of the Reykjanes Peninsulas Volcanic Eruption

Join Sævar Helgi Bragason, a local media personnel, for a geological walk around the area of Fagridalur where the volcanic eruption in the Reykjanes Peninsula is taking place. During the live tour guests will learn about why Iceland is so geologically active and hopefully see some glowing lava.

Social Event B – Locals Insight to Iceland

Social Event B – In this social session guests are joined again by Sævar Helgi Bragason, a local media personnel, for a locals insight into Iceland. Learn about Icelandic culture and nature – interesting traditional local foods and northern lights. As well as innovative solutions Icelanders have to offer to current and future environmental issues.