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Public Finance

Tulane has strengths in the area of public finance, enhanced by the recent hiring of James Alm and Steven Sheffrin. These individuals have conducted extensive research on taxation issues related to compliance, fairness, and national and state tax policies. The Murphy Institute showcased our public finance expertise in a January 2011 symposium co-sponsored with the Swiss Consulate that focused on policies towards debt and deficits. In late March 2011 the Murphy Institute co-sponsored a tax conference at the Law School at which Sheffrin presented a paper. All of this bodes well for future partnerships and research.

James Alm, Professor and Chair of the Economics department, serves as Director of the Public Finance Program. 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.

Trey Dronyk-Trosper is the postdoctoral fellow for the Public Finance Policy Program. Originally from the small town of Bartlesville in northeastern Oklahoma, he received both his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Dronyk-Trosper’s main concentrations are on public economics and public finance at the state and local levels. Currently, his projects include research on municipal budgets and financing, environmental and water policy issues, and questions regarding human capital accumulation.

Dr. Dronyk-Trosper has published in the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) and the Journal of Sports Economics.

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), the Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.