Peter Birch Sørensen

Peter Birch Sørensen is Professor of Economics at the University of Copenhagen and International Research Fellow in the CESifo research network, in the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, in the Tax Administration Research Centre at Exeter University and in the Norwegian Center for Taxation in Bergen. He is a member of the Royal Danish Society of Sciences and Letters. He is also a former Director of the Economic Policy Research Unit at the University of Copenhagen, a former Executive Vice President of the International Institute of Finance and former co-editor of the journals International Tax and Public Finance and FinanzArchiv.

Peter Birch Sørensen has served on several international and Danish public policy committees and has acted as a consultant on tax policy to the OECD, the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and several national governments. From 2004 to 2010 he was chairman of the Danish Economic Council, an advisory body to the Danish government and parliament, and from 2007 to 2010 he also chaired the Danish Council on Environmental Economics. In 2002-2003 he was a member of the Committee on Tax Reform established by the Norwegian government and from 2013 he has been a member of the Norwegian government’s committee on corporate tax reform. In 2010-2011 Peter Birch Sørensen was on leave from the University of Copenhagen to serve as Assistant Governor and Chief Economist of the Danish central bank. In 2012-2014 he was chairman of the Danish Council on Climate Change advising the Danish Government and Parliament on climate policy.

Professor Sørensen’s research has focused on the economics of taxation and tax policy, including issues of capital income taxation, company taxation and international tax competition and tax coordination. He has also studied the effects of tax policy on labour market performance. He is the author of numerous scientific articles in international journals and the co-author of an international textbook on "Growth and Business Cycles - Introducing Advanced Macroeconomics". He was a member of the Mirrlees Review group preparing a report on "Dimensions of Tax Design" for the Institute for Fiscal Studies, London (2010).