CEE masterclass - examining corporation tax



Cost: Free

One of a series of masterclasses from NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment examining some of the major economic issues we face today, with a view to ensuring the voluntary and community sector is well placed to influence debate in Northern Ireland.

Devolving the power to lower the rate of corporation tax is being heralded by many as a ‘game changer’ in our economic performance. However, devolving and utilising the power will come at a cost to the Northern Ireland block grant that could impact on public service delivery. There are still a number of questions with regards to what the tangible impacts and benefits of reducing corporation tax will be and who in society will, in fact, benefit. CEE'S Examining corporation tax masterclass on 30 October will be joined by two experts, Dr Graham Gudgin and Dr Graham Brownlow, to discuss and debate the pros and cons and the issues surrounding devolution of corporation tax.

This masterclass will examine:

  • The current situation relating to the proposal to devolve the power to vary corporation tax to Northern Ireland
  • An accessible analysis of the potential costs and benefits of reducing the rate of corporation tax
  • An examination of the potential economic and social impacts of reducing the rate of corporation tax, including its potential for job creation
  • Consideration of how the impacts of varying the rate of corporation tax will be monitored and evaluated if used.

The speakers at this masterclass will be:

Dr Graham Gudgin

Graham Gudgin is currently Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research, in the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and Senior Economic Advisor with Oxford Economics. He was director of the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre from 1985 to 1998 when he became Special Adviser to the First Minister in the first Northern Ireland Assembly. He is the author of a large number of books, reports and journal articles on regional economic growth in the United Kingdom and on the growth of small firms.

Dr Graham Brownlow

Dr Brownlow is a Lecturer in Economics in the Queen's University Management School (QUMS). He is a graduate of York and Queen's universities. His work experience has involved teaching in the United Kingdom, Ireland, China and New Zealand as well as working in the private sector and Whitehall. In addition to previously briefing NICVA on budgetary issues, he has also provided expert evidence to the Northern Ireland Assembly Finance and Personnel Committee. His research focuses on institutions and long-run economic performance. This research has attracted funding from the Home Office and British Academy.

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