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Public finance, also called public economics or the economics of the public sector, is the study of government policy, both expenditure and taxation. On the positive side, it uses applied econometric tools to discover the consequences of policy on economic outcomes and the well-being of individuals. On the normative side, it builds on the theory of welfare economics to provide a framework for evaluating government policies and how to improve them.

Primary Appointment within the
Economics Department



Primary Appointment outside the Economics Department

Ross School of Business

Ford School of Public Policy, Institute for Social Research, & School of Education

Recent Graduate Student Placement Locations

University of Tennessee

Mount Holyoke

University of Southern California

Colgate University

Joint Committee on Taxation

Villanova University

London School of Economics

George Washington University

Bosphorus University

Rutgers University

University of Alabama


Yale (postdoc)

Northwestern College of Iowa

Carnegie Mellon University

Ashoka University

University of Tubingen

Cornell Law School

University of California-Irvine

Brandeis University

Office of Tax Analysis of U.S. Treasury (2)

Seminars, Reading Groups, Lunches, etc.

Public Finance Free Lunch Seminar (Mondays at lunchtime)

Public Finance Seminar series (Monday afternoons)


Selected Recent Publications and Awards