These are the slides I prepared for the session on 'Taxation and Social Democracy', organised by the Progressive Economics Forum at the Canadian Economics Association meetings; the invitation was based on my blog posts on the nordic model.
One of the things that distinguishes blogging from research is that although academia frowns on recycling ideas, the blogosphere seems to thrive on it. So nothing here is really new: it's in the textbooks, several blogs, and described in great detail in Peter Lindert's Growing Public. But since I took the time to prepare the presentation, I'm going to post it here.
Update: Marc Lee reprises his role as discussant. Here's hoping that more and more presenters will find a way to post their seminar slides (which are generally easier to follow than the papers they're based upon), and that more and more discussants will post their comments (which are generally an easier way to understand what the paper is really saying).