'Measuring the Tax Gap' TARC Masterclass 21 & 22 November 2013

Date: 21/22 November, 2013

Location: CILIP, Ridgmount Street, London http://www.cilip.org.uk/

The Masterclass will address methods for measuring the tax gap. The class will begin with a review of conceptual issues and the uses (and misuses) of tax gap measures. It will proceed to consider the use and effectiveness of alternative measurement methods. The topics will include sample design considerations for random audits, application of model-based methods, operational audits, surveys and administrative data. The Masterclass will be of value to anyone researching into the measurement of tax evasion and the modelling of tax compliance.

Brian Erard, Ph.D, will lead the Masterclass. Brian operates an economics consulting practice and has served as a consultant for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the Canada Revenue Agency, and various state and provincial tax administrations. He specializes in the areas of compliance, enforcement, and administration and has published extensively in academic journals, including the widely cited survey of the economics of tax compliance in the Journal of Economic Literature. Prior to becoming a full-time consultant, Dr. Erard was Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto, then Associate Professor at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

The Tax Administration Research Centre undertakes research on tax administration in order to strengthen the theoretical and empirical understanding of tax operations and policies. The Centre is operated in partnership by the University of Exeter and the Institute for Fiscal Studies.


A preliminary version of programme is now available here.

A preliminary reading list is also available . 

Download Brian's presentation here.

To register

Cost: £90 for two days including lunch and refreshments (£40 reduced fee for registered PhD students).  

Please download the TARC Registration Form and return to: Irene Rodger, tarc@exeter.ac.uk.

Enquiries should be directed to Irene Rodger using the above email address.

Registration closes on the 15th November 2013.

Where to stay:

Some hotels that are conveniently located for visitors to the CILIP are listed here. Please note that the prices indicated are approximate so please check the relevant hotel websites for advertised discounts. Due to their location it is worth booking well in advance of your visit and asking for a quiet room (many of these hotels are situated on fairly busy roads)

Luxury (£200 – £350 per night)

Charlotte Street Hotel

15 Charlotte Street, London WIP 1HB
Phone +44 (0) 20 7806 2000, Fax +44 (0) 20 7806 2002
Email charlotte@firmdale.com
In fashionable Charlotte Street, this hotel is expensive but luxurious. It's about five minutes' walk away from CILIP.

Mid range (£100 – £200 per night)

DoubleTree by Hilton

92 Southampton Row, WC1B 4BH,
Tel +44 (0) 20 7242 2828
Located near the British Museum, this hotel is only a couple of minutes walk from the CILIP.

Grange White Hall Hotel

2-5 Montague Street, WC1B 5BU
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7580 2224
With gardens overlooking the British Museum, this hotel has some reasonably priced rooms and is only a few minutes away from the CILIP.

Academy Hotel

Academy Hotel, 21 Gower Street, London WC1E 6HG
Tel +44 (0) 20 7631 4115, Fax +44 (0) 020 7636 3442
E-mail res_academy@etontownhouse.com
The Academy Hotel occupies four Victorian town houses in Bloomsbury and is about two minutes' walk from the CILIP. This hotel is popular with visitors due to its boutique style and location.

Jurys Hotel

16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN
Tel +44 (0) 20 7347 1000
This is one of the Jurys Doyle chain of hotels. It is about ten minutes' walk from the CILIP.

The Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QD
Tel +44 (0) 20 7636 5601
The Bloomsbury Street Hotel is part of the Radisson Edwardian group. It is located near the British Museum and is a short walk to Covent Garden. CILIP is about five minutes' away by foot.

The Kenilworth Hotel

Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LB
Tel + 44 (0)20 7637 3477
The Kenilworth is part of the Radisson Edwardian group. It is a popular local hotel due to its location near the British Museum. CILIP is about five minutes' away by foot.

Mid range - budget (under £100 per night)

St Giles Hotel

Bedford Avenue, London WC1B 3AS
Phone +44 (0) 20 7300 3000, Fax +44 (0) 20 7300 3001
The St Giles Hotel is located just off Tottenham Court Road and is about ten minutes' walk from CILIP. Guests at the hotel have the use of the extensive YMCA gym facilities and swimming pool in basement.

Ibis Hotel

3 Cardington Street, London NW1 2LW
Phone +44 (0) 20 7388 7777, Fax +44 (0) 20 7388 0001
The Ibis Hotel (London Euston) is located between Euston and King's Cross. It's within ten minutes' walking distance from CILIP.

MIC Hotel and Conference Centre

Euston Street, London
Phone +44 (0) 20 7380 0001, Fax +44 (0) 20 7387 5300
The MIC Centre is located just three minutes walk from Euston Station in Central London. CILIP is about 10 minutes' walk away by foot.

Goodenough Club

Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB
Phone +44 (0)20 7769 4727
The Goodenough Club is situated within a short distance of Euston, Kings Cross, St Pancras and Thames link and is popular with academic visitors. CILIP is about 10 minutes' walk away by foot.

Arosfa Hotel

83 Gower Street, WC1
Phone +44 (0)20 7636 2115
This hotel has been recommended as a budget option and Time Out describes the accommodation as simple but spotless. All the rooms have a small en suite shower/WC and Arosfa has a great location in the heart of Bloomsbury.

Finding CILIP

Ridgmount Street is a small street, running parallel to Gower Street and perpendicular to Store Street and Chenies Street. We can be reached using the following methods:


The nearest tube station is Goodge Street on the Northern Line. Also within easy walking distance are Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Euston Square (Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Circle Lines), Warren Street (Victoria and Northern Lines) and Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern Lines).

British Rail

The nearest mainline station is Euston. King's Cross is also within walking distance (about 15 minutes' walk).


Buses along Tottenham Court Road (northbound) and Gower Street (southbound) include the 73, 24 and 10.

For more London travel information, including tube and bus details, you can visit Transport for London.