Kurt Van Dender


Acting Head of Tax Policy and Statistics Division, OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration


Kurt Van Dender is Acting Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division at the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. His work focuses on the use of taxes to pursue environmental, transport and climate policy objectives, and on the interactions between environmental taxation and the broader tax system. Kurt also works on the nexus of tax and investment policy, and leads the production of flagship OECD publications focusing on carbon pricing trends (Effective Carbon Rates) and the taxation of energy (Taxing Energy Use). His work is published in leading academic journals, and he engages with a number of policy and research networks. Before joining the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, Kurt was the Chief Economist of the International Transport Forum, and Professor of Economics at the University of California at Irvine. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Leuven in Belgium.

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