Department of Finance
2257 Steinberg/Dietrich Hall
Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Department of Economics
McNeil Building/CR
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104




Graduate Studies:

Ph.D, Harvard University, 1972.
Thesis: "Four Essays on Fiscal Federalism." Completed June 1971.
(Abstracted in Journal of Finance, September 1973).
Thesis Director: Professor Martin Feldstein.

Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1967.

Undergraduate Studies:

A.B., Economics, Harvard College, 1964.




Public Finance (PhD), Political Economy (PhD), State-Local Finance (MBA), Micro-theory (MBA), Government Institutions (JD).


Public Finance, Health Care Policy, Political Economy.


    Executive Planning Committee of Finance Department; Executive Committee of Graduate Group in Economics; University Faculty Senate Advisory Committee (Secretary, 1978-1980); University Committee on Committees (1981-1983, chairman); Wharton Curriculum Committee (1981-1983, chairman); Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility (1982-1984); Wharton Personnel Committee (1982-1984); University Faculty Committee on Salary and Benefits (1983-1985); Wharton Research Policy Committee (1984-1986); Wharton Curriculum (1986-1987); University Faculty Senate, Executive Committee (1986-1989); Undergraduate Advisor, Finance, 1989-92; Wharton Curriculum Committee (1990-1992, Chair, 1991-92); Faculty Representative to the University Trustees' Committee on Budget and Finance (1991-93); Wharton Research Policy Committee (1994 - 1996, Chair); Wharton MBA Curriculum Committee (1996-97, Chair); Provost Committee on Democratic Institutions (1997-).





  1. M.S. Feldstein and R. P. Inman (co-editors), The Economics of Public Services, Proceedings of an International Economic Association Conference, Turin, Italy, April 1-6, 1974.

  2. Robert P. Inman (ed.), Managing the Service Economy, Cambridge University Press, 1985 (Paperback Edition, 1988).

  3. Robert P. Inman, Guest Editor, "Urban Public Finance," Regional Science and Urban Economics, May 1989.

  4. Robert P. Inman, Guest Editor, "State and Local Finance and the 1986 Tax Reform," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, January, 1993.

  5. Robert P. Inman, Guest Editor, "Serrano v. Priest: 25th Anniversary," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, January, 1997.


  1. Problems in Microeconomic Theory: A Student Guide to Economics and the Private Interest (with Samuel Rea. Published in December 1969 by Goodyear Publishing Company).

  2. "Economics and Risk," in Eilers (et. al.), Insurance and Risk, Revised edition.

Research Articles

  1. "Towards an Econometric Model of Local Government,"

  2. Proceedings of the 64th Annual Conference on Taxation, sponsored by the National Tax Association, 1971.

  3. "Grants in a Metropolitan Economy: A Framework for Policy," in Wallace Oates (ed.), Financing the New Federalism: Revenue Sharing, Conditional Grants and Taxation, Washington, D.C. Resources for the Future, 1975.

  4. "The Family's Provision of Children's Health: An Economic Analysis," in Richard Rosett (ed.), The Role of Health Insurance in the Health Service Sector, U-NBER Conference Volume, 1976.

  5. "SOFA: A Simulation Program for Predicting and Evaluating the Policy Effects of Grants-in-Aid," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, June 1976. (With Douglas Wolf).

  6. "Micro-Fiscal Planning in the Regional Economy: A General Equilibrium Approach," Journal of Public Economics, April 1977.

  7. "A Generalized Congestion Function for Highway Travel," Journal of Urban Economics, January 1978.

  8. "Optimal Fiscal Reform of Metropolitan Schools: Some Simulation Results," American Economic Review, March 1978.

  9. "Testing Political Economy's 'As If' Propositon: Is the Median Income Voter Really Decisive?" Public Choice, Winter 1978.

  10. "The Fiscal Performance of Local Governments: An Interpretative Review," in Issues in Urban Economics, II, P. Mieszkowski and M. Straszheim (eds.), John Hopkins University Press, 1978.

  11. "The Judicial Pursuit of Local Fiscal Equity," Harvard Law Review, June 1979 (Reprinted in Ellickson and Tarlock, Land-Use Controls: Case and Materials, Little-Brown.) (with Daniel Rubinfeld).

  12. "Subsidies, Regulation, and Taxation of Property in Large U.S. Cities," National Tax Journal, June 1979. (Paper presented to the Department of Housing and Urban Development Conference on the Regulation of Local Property Taxation, December 1978.)

  13. "Dissecting the Urban Crisis: Facts and Counterfacts," National Tax Journal, June 1979.

  14. "Wages, Pensions, and Employment in the Local Public Sector," Public Sector Labor Markets, Mieszkowski and Peterson (eds.), The COUPE Papers in Public Economics, Vol. 4.

  15. "On Setting The Agenda for Pennsylvania School Finance Reform: An Exercise in Giving Policy Advice," Public Choice, 1981 (Special Issue, 3). (Paper presented to Ford Foundation U.K.-U.S. Conference on Financing Education, December, 1979, Boston, Mass.)

  16. "Early Life Environments and Adult Health," in Research in Human Capital and Development, Sirageldin, Sorkin (eds.), 1982 (with Anthony Boardman).

  17. "The Economic Case for Limits to Government," American Economic Review, May, 1982.

  18. "Public Employee Pensions and the Local Labor Budget," Journal of Public Economics, October, 1982.

  19. "Federal Aid and Public Education: An Empirical Look at the New Fiscal Federalism," Review of Economics and Statistics, November, 1982 (with Steven Craig).

  20. "Formation of Health Related Habits," What Role For Government? Duke University Press, 1983 (with Gerard Anderson and Anthony Boardman).

  21. "Education, Welfare, and the 'New' Federalism: State Budgeting in a Federalist Public Economy," in Harvey Rosen (ed.), Studies in State and Local Finance, University of Chicago Press, 1985 (with Steven Craig).

  22. "Fiscal Allocations in a Federalist Economy: Understanding the 'New' Federalism," in Daniel Rubinfeld and John Quigley (eds.), Priorities for Urban America, University of California Press, 1985. (Reprinted in Readings in Public Finance, M. Drennan and D. Netzer.)

  23. "Appraising the Funding Status of Teacher Pensions: An Econometric Approach," National Tax Journal, March, 1986.

  24. "Markets, Government, and the 'New' Political Economy," in A. Auerbach and M. S. Feldstein (eds.), Handbook of Public Economics, North-Holland, 1987.

  25. "The Economic Consequences of Debilitating Illness: The Case of Multiple Sclerosis," Review of Economics and Statistics, November, 1987.

  26. "Federal Assistance and Local Services in the United States: The Evolution of A New Federalist Fiscal Order," in Harvey Rosen (ed.), Fiscal Federalism, University of Chicago Press, 1988.

  27. "The Political Economy of Fiscal Policy," in P. G. Hare (ed.), Public Economics: A Reader, Basil-Blackwell, 1988 (with Daniel Ingberman).

  28. "Local Decision to Tax: Evidence from Large U.S. Cities," Regional Science and Urban Economics, August, 1989.

  29. "Public Debt and Fiscal Politics," American Economic Review, May, 1990.

  30. "Political Institutions and Fiscal Policy: Evidence from the U.S. Historical Record," Journal of Law, Economics and Organizations, December, 1990 (with Michael Fitts).

  31. "Controlling Congress: Presidential Influence in Domestic Fiscal Policy," Georgetown Law Journal, June, 1992 (with Michael Fitts).

  32. "Local Interests, Central Leadership, and the Passage of TRA 86," The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, January, 1993.

  33. "The EMU and Fiscal Policy in the New European Community: An Issue for Economic Federalism," International Journal of Law and Economics, June, 1994 (with Daniel Rubinfeld).

  34. "How to Have a Fiscal Crisis: Lessons from Philadelphia," American Economic Review, May, 1995.

  35. "The Political Economy of Federalism," Handbook of Public Choice, Cambridge University Press, (with Daniel Rubinfeld).

  36. "Designing Tax Policy in Federalist Economies: An Overview," Journal of Public Economics, June, 1996 (with Daniel Rubinfeld).

  37. "Balanced Budget Rules and Public Deficits: Evidence from the U.S. States," Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, November, 1996 (with Henning Bohn).

  38. "Do Balanced Budget Rules Work? U.S. Experience and Possible Lessons for the EMU," Quo Vadis Europe, Horst Siebert (ed.), Cambridge University Press. (Presented, Kiel Week Conference, 1996, on the Future of Maastricht, June, 1996).

  39. "Making Sense of the Antitrust State Action Doctrine: Balancing Political Participation and Economic Efficiency in Regulatory Federalism," Texas Law Review, forthcoming, 1997 (with Daniel Rubinfeld).

  40. "On Designing Intergovernmental Transfers with an Application in the New South Africa," Essays in Honor of Wallace Oates, Robert Schwab (ed.) Edgar Elger, forthcoming, 1997.

  41. "Rethinking Federalism," Journal of Economic Perspectives, forthcoming, 1997 (with Daniel Rubinfeld).

  42. "The Fiscal Costs of Immigration," in The New Americans: Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Effects of Immigration, James Smith (ed.), National Academy Press, 1997 (with Michael Clune, Thomas Espenshade, Deborah Garvey).

Shorter Papers

  1. "On the Benefits and Costs of Genetic Screening," American Journal of Human Genetics, March, 1978.

  2. "Federal Policy and the Urban Poor: A Review of the President's Urban Report, 1978," Journal of Regional Science, March 1979.

  3. "Paying for Public Pensions: Now or Later?" Business Review of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Nov.-Dec., 1980. (Abstracted in CFA Digest.)

  4. "Anatomy of a Fiscal Crisis," Business Review of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, October, 1983. (Reprinted in Financial Management Techniques for Local Government, John Matzer (ed.).)

  5. "Disability Indices, the Economic Costs of Illness, and Social Insurance: The Case of Multiple Sclerosis," Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, No. 101, Vol. 70, 1984.

  6. "Fiscal Management Through an Economic Transition: The Case of Philadelphia," in A. Summers and T. Luce (eds.), Local Fiscal Issues in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987.

  7. "A Federalist Fiscal Constitution for an Imperfect World: Lessons from the United States," in H. Scheiber (ed.), Federalism: Studies in History, Law, and Policy, University of California, 1988 (with Daniel Rubinfeld).

  8. "New Research in Local Public Finance: Introduction," Regional Science and Urban Economics, August, 1989.

  9. "Fiscal Federalism in Europe: Lessons from the United States' Experiences," European Economic Review, April, 1992 (with Daniel Rubinfeld).

  10. "Can Philadelphia Escape Its Fiscal Crisis with Another Tax Increase?" Business Review of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, October, 1992.

  11. "Do You Know How Much Money is in Your Public Purse?" Business Review of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, August, 1995.

  12. "Subsidarity," in New Palgrave: Law and Economics, Peter Newman (ed.), MacMillan, forthcoming (with Daniel Rubinfeld).

  13. "Federalism," in Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, B. Bouckaert and G. de Geest (eds.), Edward Elgar, forthcoming (with Daniel Rubinfeld).