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James Alm

Professor and Chair of Economics

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research interests: public finance, taxation, public finance in developing countries

208 Tilton Hall




Short bio

Alm's most recent research areas include tax compliance and tax evasion, the marriage tax, tax and expenditure limitations, tax amnesties, taxpayer responses to tax reforms, enterprise zones, the determinants of state economic growth, and corruption. He also has worked extensively on fiscal and decentralization reforms in numerous countries, including Bangladesh, Jamaica, Grenada, Indonesia, Turkey, Hungary, China, Egypt, the Philippines, Russia, Uganda, Nigeria, India, Colombia, Nepal, Ukraine, Pakistan, and South Africa. Alm's international projects have been funded by the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Monetary Fund.

Alm is Editor of Public Finance Review and Associate Editor of Review of Economics of the Household. He also has served on the editorial board of Economic Inquiry, Public Finance Review, and the National Tax Journal, and on the Executive Committee of the National Tax Association. His work has been published in The American Economic Review, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Economica, Economic Inquiry, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Human Resources, National Tax Journal, Public Finance Review, International Tax and Public Finance, Public Choice, Public Finance/Finances Publiques, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, among others. His work has also been noted in articles in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Forbes, Business Week, and Bloomberg. Prior to coming to Tulane University as Chair of the Department of Economics, Alm served as chair of economics department in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and also as dean of the school.

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