ROBERT P. INMAN
Department of Finance
2257 Steinberg/Dietrich Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Department of Economics
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Professor of Finance, Economics, and Public Policy and Management,
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1981 - Present.
- Professor of Law and Economics, Law School, University of
Pennsylvania, 1989 - Present.
- Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research.
- Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Wharton
- Associate Member, Institute of Fiscal and Monetary Policy, Ministry of
Admissions and Financial Aid Officer, Harvard University, 1964-1966.
- Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics, 1971-76, University
- Associate Professor of Finance and Economics, 1976-1981, University of
- Visiting Professor, Economics Department, University of California,
Berkeley, Fall, 1984.
- Visiting Professor, Economics Department, Stanford University, Spring,
- Visiting Professor, SASIN School of Management, Chulalongkorn
University, Bangkok, Thailand, Winter, 1991.
- Fellow, Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1992-1993.
- Research Fellow, Research School in Social Sciences, Australian National
University, Spring, 1995.
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.
A.B., Economics, Harvard College, 1964.
CONSULTANT AND ADVISOR
- RAND Corporation, 1971-1980.
- National Analysts, Inc., for the study, "A Survey of the Incidence,
Prevalence, and Costs of Multiple Sclerosis," prepared for National
Institute of Health, NINCDS, 1974-1980.
- New York State, Department of Education, "An Economic Analysis of
Property Tax Circuit-Breaker Reform: The Case of New York," 1977-1978.
- Department of Housing and Urban Development, "The Local Decision to
Tax: An Econometric Analysis," 1978.
- Senate, State of Pennsylvania, "Review of House Bill 2044: The Labor
Market Effects of Welfare Reform," 1980.
- U.S. Department of Education, School Finance Project, 1980-1982.
- Governor's Commission on Tax Reform, Research Director, Philadelphia-Surburban Tax Reform, 1980-1981.
- ACIR and U.S. Treasury, Tax Reform Act of 1986, 1984.
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1982-1986.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, 1982-1987, 1991-92, 1994-97.
- National Bureau of Economic Research: Pension Project, 1980-1985;
State-Local Finance Project, 1985-1993; Public Economics, 1993 -
- City of Philadelphia, Police and Fire Union Negotiations, 1982, 1984,
1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1995.
- City of Bridgeport, Conn., Bankruptcy Petition, 1991.
- State of California, California Public Employee Retirement System, Full
Funding Requirements, 1994.
- Republic of South Africa, Financial and Fiscal Commission, Tax and
Grants Policy, 1994 - Present.
- Republic of South Africa, Department of Finance, Fiscal Policies for
Provisional and Local Governments, 1997.
- National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Population, Panel Member
for the Panel on "Demographic and Economic Impacts of Immigration,"
1995 - Present.
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-).
Associate Editor, Public Finance Quarterly, 1982 - Present.
- Associate Editor, Regional Science and Urban Economics 1989 - Present.
- Associate Editor, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 1994 -
- Executive Committee, International Seminar in Public Economics (ISPE),
1989 - Present.
GRANTS, AWARDS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
- Francis H. Burr Scholar, Harvard College, 1964.
- National Tax Association Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 1971.
- National Science Foundation Research Grant, "Fiscal Crisis and Fiscal
Performance: An Economic Analysis of Urban Governments," 1974-1976.
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Faculty Fellow, Harvard University,
- Anvil Award for Outstanding Teaching, Awarded by the Wharton MBA
Students, Spring 1978.
- Office of Education, National Conference of State Legislators, Research
Project: "Revenue Sharing and School Finance," 1979-1980.
- Visiting Senior Research Economist Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia,
Spring, 1980, 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1995.
- Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London, Fall term,
- National Science Foundation Research Grant, "Political Economy of
Public Unions," 1982-1984.
- National Institute of Education, Research Grant, "Financing of Public
Teacher Pensions: Causes, Consequences and Public Policy," 1984-1986.
- Advisory Commission for Intergovernmental Relations and U.S. Treasury,
"The Deductibility of State and Local Taxes," 1984-1985.
- National Science Foundation Research Grant, "Growth and Decline of
State Public Assets: A Study in Institutional Political Economy," 1986-1988 (with John E. Jackson).
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, "Economic Causes
and Effects of State Alcoholism Spending," 1990-1992 (with Mark Pauly).
- Outstanding Teacher Award, Undergraduate Division, Wharton School,
1992, 1994, 1995.
- Smith Richardson Foundation, "Economic Federalism for an Imperfect
World," 1992-1995 (with Daniel Rubinfeld).
- Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford,
- Research Fellow, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National
University, Spring, 1995.
- Irving Kravis Award for Outstanding Teaching, Economics Department,
- National Science Foundation Research Grant, "Public Infrastructure,"
1995 - Present (with Andrew Haughwout).
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.
- Robert P. Inman (ed.), Managing the Service Economy, Cambridge
University Press, 1985 (Paperback Edition, 1988).
- Robert P. Inman, Guest Editor, "Urban Public Finance," Regional Science
and Urban Economics, May 1989.
- Robert P. Inman, Guest Editor, "State and Local Finance and the 1986
Tax Reform," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, January, 1993.
- Robert P. Inman, Guest Editor, "Serrano v. Priest: 25th Anniversary,"
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, January, 1997.
- Problems in Microeconomic Theory: A Student Guide to Economics and
the Private Interest (with Samuel Rea. Published in December 1969 by
Goodyear Publishing Company).
- "Economics and Risk," in Eilers (et. al.), Insurance and Risk, Revised
- "Towards an Econometric Model of Local Government,"
- Proceedings of the 64th Annual Conference on Taxation, sponsored by the
National Tax Association, 1971.
- "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
- "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.
- "SOFA: A Simulation Program for Predicting and Evaluating the Policy
Effects of Grants-in-Aid," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, June 1976.
(With Douglas Wolf).
- "Micro-Fiscal Planning in the Regional Economy: A General Equilibrium
Approach," Journal of Public Economics, April 1977.
- "A Generalized Congestion Function for Highway Travel," Journal of
Urban Economics, January 1978.
- "Optimal Fiscal Reform of Metropolitan Schools: Some Simulation
Results," American Economic Review, March 1978.
- "Testing Political Economy's 'As If' Propositon: Is the Median Income
Voter Really Decisive?" Public Choice, Winter 1978.
- "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.
- "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).
- "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.)
- "Dissecting the Urban Crisis: Facts and Counterfacts," National Tax
Journal, June 1979.
- "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.
- "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.)
- "Early Life Environments and Adult Health," in Research in Human
Capital and Development, Sirageldin, Sorkin (eds.), 1982 (with Anthony
- "The Economic Case for Limits to Government," American Economic
Review, May, 1982.
- "Public Employee Pensions and the Local Labor Budget," Journal of
Public Economics, October, 1982.
- "Federal Aid and Public Education: An Empirical Look at the New Fiscal
Federalism," Review of Economics and Statistics, November, 1982 (with
- "Formation of Health Related Habits," What Role For Government? Duke
University Press, 1983 (with Gerard Anderson and Anthony Boardman).
- "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).
- "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.)
- "Appraising the Funding Status of Teacher Pensions: An Econometric
Approach," National Tax Journal, March, 1986.
- "Markets, Government, and the 'New' Political Economy," in A.
Auerbach and M. S. Feldstein (eds.), Handbook of Public Economics,
- "The Economic Consequences of Debilitating Illness: The Case of
Multiple Sclerosis," Review of Economics and Statistics, November,
- "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.
- "The Political Economy of Fiscal Policy," in P. G. Hare (ed.), Public
Economics: A Reader, Basil-Blackwell, 1988 (with Daniel Ingberman).
- "Local Decision to Tax: Evidence from Large U.S. Cities," Regional
Science and Urban Economics, August, 1989.
- "Public Debt and Fiscal Politics," American Economic Review, May,
- "Political Institutions and Fiscal Policy: Evidence from the U.S.
Historical Record," Journal of Law, Economics and Organizations,
December, 1990 (with Michael Fitts).
- "Controlling Congress: Presidential Influence in Domestic Fiscal Policy,"
Georgetown Law Journal, June, 1992 (with Michael Fitts).
- "Local Interests, Central Leadership, and the Passage of TRA 86," The
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, January, 1993.
- "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).
- "How to Have a Fiscal Crisis: Lessons from Philadelphia," American
Economic Review, May, 1995.
- "The Political Economy of Federalism," Handbook of Public Choice,
Cambridge University Press, (with Daniel Rubinfeld).
- "Designing Tax Policy in Federalist Economies: An Overview," Journal
of Public Economics, June, 1996 (with Daniel Rubinfeld).
- "Balanced Budget Rules and Public Deficits: Evidence from the U.S.
States," Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy,
November, 1996 (with Henning Bohn).
- "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).
- "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).
- "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.
- "Rethinking Federalism," Journal of Economic Perspectives, forthcoming,
1997 (with Daniel Rubinfeld).
- "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,
- "On the Benefits and Costs of Genetic Screening," American Journal of Human Genetics, March, 1978.
- "Federal Policy and the Urban Poor: A Review of the President's Urban
Report, 1978," Journal of Regional Science, March 1979.
- "Paying for Public Pensions: Now or Later?" Business Review of the
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Nov.-Dec., 1980. (Abstracted in
- "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.).)
- "Disability Indices, the Economic Costs of Illness, and Social Insurance:
The Case of Multiple Sclerosis," Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, No. 101,
Vol. 70, 1984.
- "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,
- "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).
- "New Research in Local Public Finance: Introduction," Regional Science
and Urban Economics, August, 1989.
- "Fiscal Federalism in Europe: Lessons from the United States'
Experiences," European Economic Review, April, 1992 (with Daniel
- "Can Philadelphia Escape Its Fiscal Crisis with Another Tax Increase?"
Business Review of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, October,
- "Do You Know How Much Money is in Your Public Purse?" Business
Review of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, August, 1995.
- "Subsidarity," in New Palgrave: Law and Economics, Peter Newman
(ed.), MacMillan, forthcoming (with Daniel Rubinfeld).
- "Federalism," in Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, B. Bouckaert and
G. de Geest (eds.), Edward Elgar, forthcoming (with Daniel Rubinfeld).
- Wharton-ARA Conference on the Service Economy, November, 1982
(Edited conference volume, Managing the Service Economy).
- Ford Foundation-NBER Conference, June 1991, "State and Local Finance
Following The Tax Reform Act of 1986" (Edited conference volume,
"State and Local Finance and the 1986 Tax Reform," Journal of Policy
Analysis and Management, January, 1993).
- Seminar on Economic Federalism, February-April, 1993, Center for
Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
- NBER Summer Meetings, Public Economics of School Finance, August,
1995. (Edited selection of conference papers appearing as a special issue,
"Serrano v. Priest: 25th Anniversary," Journal of Policy Analysis and
Management, January, 1997.)