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 Joel Slemrod

Joel Slemrod is the Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics. He also serves as Director of the Office of Tax Policy Research, an interdisciplinary research center housed at the Business School.

Professor Slemrod received the A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1973 and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1980. He joined the economics department at the University of Minnesota in 1979. In 1983-84 he was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution and in 1984-85 he was the senior staff economist for tax policy at the Presidentís Council of Economic Advisers.

Professor Slemrod has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Canadian Department of Finance, the New Zealand Department of Treasury, the South Africa Ministry of Finance, the World Bank, and the OECD. He has testified before the Congress on domestic and international taxation issues.

From 1992 to 1998 Professor Slemrod was editor of the National Tax Journal, the leading academic journal devoted to the theory and practice of taxation. He is the author of numerous academic articles and editor of the books Do Taxes Matter? The Impact of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, Taxation in the Global Economy, Why People Pay Taxes: Tax Compliance and Enforcement, Studies in International Taxation, Tax Progressivity and Income Inequality, The Taxation of Multinational Corporations, Tax Policy in the Real World, Does Atlas Shrug? The Economics of Taxing the Rich, Rethinking Estate and Gift Taxation, The Crisis in Tax Administration, Fiscal Reform in Colombia: Problems and Prospects, Behavioral Public Finance, and Taxing Corporate Income in the 21st Century. He is the co-author with Jon Bakija of Taxing Ourselves: A Citizenís Guide to the Debate over Taxes, whose 4th edition will be published in 2007.

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 James Hines

James Hines teaches at the University of Michigan, where he is the Richard A. Musgrave Collegiate Professor of Economics in the department of economics and Professor of Law in the law school. He also serves as Research Director of the business schoolís Office of Tax Policy Research. His research concerns various aspects of taxation. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Harvard, all in economics. He taught at Princeton and Harvard prior to moving to Michigan in 1997, and has held visiting appointments at Columbia, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Law School.

He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, research director of the International Tax Policy Forum, co-editor of the American Economic Associationís Journal of Economic Perspectives, and once, long ago, was an economist in the United States Department of Commerce.

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David Albouy
David Albouy researches differences in federal taxation and spending across regions, how these impact local economies, and are influenced by political representation. He has developed a model to estimate inter-urban differences in wage levels and costs-of-living to determine the quality of life and productivity of American and Canadian cities. These estimates are used to value public infrastructure and investigate how quality of life is affected by climate amenities, so as to predict how climate change may affect future welfare. Albouy is also known for work on the economics of language and the impact of institutions on development. He is currently looking at whether cities are under-sized, and how land-use restrictions may lower land values and raise housing costs.

Albouy is on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Geography and is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.


Daniel Silverman

Professor Silverman's research bridges public and labor economics. Currently his research focuses on theories and evidence of non-market determinants of market outcomes. He has studied how government welfare policies, social arrangements, and psychological biases influence labor supply and wages.



 Mary Ceccanese

Mary Ceccanese received her B.A. in Human Resource Administration (summa cum laude) from Concordia College in 1992. She is in her 20th year of working in the Office of Tax Policy Research at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She is responsible for coordinating all of the ongoing activities of OTPR including project management, financial and grant administration, publication and editorial coordination.

From 1992 to 1998, Ms. Ceccanese was the editorial assistant for the National Tax Journal.