Tax and transfer policies and sex equality: what Australia, Canada and the UK should learn from experience

Crawford School of Public Policy | Tax and Transfer Policy Institute

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 04 November 2015


Weston Theatre, Level 1, Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Professor Kathleen Lahey, Queen's University, Canada.


Diane Paul
02 6125 9318

Audio and powerpoint slides of the presentation can be downloaded at the download tab above. The Tax and Transfer Policy Institute and Gender Instituteare pleased to co-host Professor Kathleen Lahey from Canada to give this public lecture on gender equality in the tax and transfer system.

Governments in Australia, the UK, and Canada have been introducing tax/transfer policies in the last two decades that institutionalize austerity in annual budgets at the same time that economic development planning becomes increasingly challenging and as women’s roles and responsibilities have continued to change.

In this public lecture, Professor Kathleen Lahey uses gender budget analysis to identify key issues and barriers to women’s economic equality created by competing tax/transfer policy approaches, growing global and domestic income inequalities, and economic volatilities, and outlines policy alternatives capable of producing better outcomes for women over their life courses.

Kathleen Lahey is Professor and Queen’s National Scholar, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Canada and holds appointments in Cultural Studies and Gender Studies. She has been Visiting Professor in Fiscal Policy, Umeå University, Sweden; and was a Visiting Scholar at the International Tax Program, Harvard Law School. Kathleen has multijurisdictional expertise in tax and economic laws and policy, and has consulted on numerous law reform commissions and bodies, including the Ontario Fair Tax Commission, Law Reform Commission of Canada and various Parliament of Canada committees (finance, senate, health, women). She has presented in China, Australia, South America, Russia, and several EU countries, and is involved in projects funded by the EC Horizon2020 program and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Recent publications include The Alberta disadvantage: Gender, taxation and inequality (Parkland Institute, 2015), 1-102 (monograph); ‘Uncovering women in taxation: The gender impact of detaxation, tax expenditures, and joint tax/benefit units,’ Osgoode Hall Law Journal; ‘Economic crisis, gender equality, and policy responses in Spain and Canada,’ Feminist Economics (2013).

Professor Lahey will also participate in a workshop on gender equality in the tax and transfer system, sponsored by Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia.

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