Professor Batina received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His main research and teaching interests are in public policy in dynamic general equilibrium models. He has published numerous journal articles in top journals in his field and co-authored several books with Toshihiro Ihori of the University of Tokyo, notably Consumption Tax Policy and the Taxation of Capital Income, with Oxford University Press, and, more recently, Public Goods:Theories and Evidence with Springer-Verlag. He is currently working on issues related to public capital investments, tax competition, international taxation, and social security.