Kurt Van Dender
Head of the Tax and Environment Unit | Senior Tax Economist
Centre for Tax Policy and Administration
Kurt Van Dender is a Senior Tax Economist leading the Tax and Environment Unit, which is part of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, since 2013.
Previously, he was Chief Economist at the International Transport Forum and Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California at Irvine. He also worked as a researcher at the University of Leuven (Belgium), where he obtained his Ph.D. with a dissertation on the economics of road pricing.
Kurt’s work focuses on the use of taxes as instruments of environmental policy, and on tax policy more broadly. Some of his work is published in leading academic journals, and he is an author of several reports published by the International Transport Forum and the OECD.
He is a frequent speaker at, and an occasional organiser of, policy research and policy supporting events.