Friday, March 7, 2014
Daniel N. Shaviro (NYU), Only at NYU Law School:
Perhaps I can be forgiven for a spasm of institutional chauvinism. There is no place like NYU Law School, in the U.S. or indeed around the world, for studying tax law and policy. A case in point today came from an event [a paper presentation by Alfons Weichenrieder (Goethe University, Department of Economics] that was organized pretty much on the fly, yet drew a strong audience response. ...
OK, onto the NYU Law School chauvinism. One point is simply that we had an event like this, and have many such in the course of a typical semester. But another point is that, despite a late start on our part in promoting the event (basically because everyone is every busy), we got more than 20 people to show up (and then engage in lively discussion), on short notice, on a Thursday night from 6 to 7 pm, with no food available (other than a Cadbury chocolate bar that Alfons whimsically brought), on a rather specialized topic, for an empirical paper by an economist who is not from the U.S. and thus is not known to most people here, and on a night when many or even most of the tax students who might have come were unavailable because they were going to Washington for a job fair. The audience included NYU students, NYU faculty, and tax people from outside the institution who are regularly participating members of our broader community.
I tend to doubt that all this could have happened at any other U.S. law school.
NYU has been ranked #1 in tax every year by U.S. News & World Report.