The Rafael del Pino Foundation organised the Keynote Lecture by Jorge Martínez Vázquez "Taxation in Spain. Recent reforms and future prospects", on 18 November 2014 at 19:00. Jorge Martínez-Vázquez is a recognised expert in the field of public economics, in general, and in the areas of fiscal decentralisation, taxation and tax management, in particular.
He holds degrees in Political Science from the University of Madrid and in Economics and Law from the University of Barcelona. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Washington.
Throughout his intense and prolific professional and research career, Professor Martínez-Vázquez has received numerous awards, such as the 2007-2009 National Economics Prize of the Russian Federation and the Public Policy Award of the International Institute of Public Finance in Germany. In 1997 he became a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and in 2006 he was appointed Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Finance and Public Policy at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. More recently, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Vigo.
He has consulted for the US federal and state governments, the World Bank, the United Nations, the United States Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund, among other institutions in more than sixty countries. He has been a member of the IMF's Panel of Fiscal Experts since 1994. His extraordinary curriculum vitae includes the direction of the Russian tax reform between 1997 and 2000 and countless works and consultancies for public policy reforms in Eastern European countries, Latin America and Asia.
Professor Martínez-Vázquez is the author of more than 20 books and numerous articles in prestigious academic journals such as Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Public Economics, Southern Economic Journal and Review of Economics and Statistics.
Since its first edition, he has directed the Public Economics Programme of the Rafael del Pino Foundation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which is held every year at Georgia State University.