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    Program Fee: The program fee includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals.
    Executive Certificate: This program is part of the Economic Development and Public Policy Executive Certificate series.
    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.

Tax theory is relatively straightforward: The challenge is to adapt basic principles to the complex and ever-changing variety of domestic and international economic, political, social, and historical constraints. Oftentimes, that's easier said than done.

Our executive program, Comparative Tax Policy and Administration, can provide you with insights and tools to deal with this challenging dynamic.

Designed for Tax Policy Professionals

The upcoming session will bring together high-level practitioners from government, academia, and the private sector to explore which elements of taxation work best in addressing particular kinds of challenges. This contrasts with the alternative approach, promoting a unitary “best practice” model of taxation, because there is not a single blueprint for success that is appropriate for all countries at all times. Instead, we stress the importance of context and capacity in tax policy and administration.

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Developed by Harvard Kennedy School faculty, this  executive program will help you reconcile the universal unpopularity of taxation with your need to generate significant tax revenue in an economically efficient and social equitable manner.

Comparative Tax Policy and Administration will provide you with:

  • A collaborative examination of the latest developments in the design and implementation of tax systems around the world
  • Practical tools to help formulate the most appropriate tax policies and tax administration for your particular environment
  • One-on-one interaction with world-class faculty and leading experts in tax policy and administration
  • A lasting network of high-level practitioners facing similar challenges who will serve as an invaluable professional resource after the program