Before becoming a law student I was an assistant professor of economics. Prior to that, I earned my Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. My research focuses on understanding the costs and benefits of political and policy autonomy at the state and local level.
Curriculum Vita (pdf)
Selected Academic Publications
All property tax systems are defined by the legal definition of the property tax base and the extent to which local governments are given unfettered access to this tax base. I examine the implications of different legal definitions of the property tax base. What are the advantages and disadvantages of defining tax base as current market value rather than as the square-footage of a property? Who wins and who losses when the property tax base incorporates so-called assessment limits? I focus on how different definitions of the property tax base effect the distribution of taxes and the predictability of taxes over time.
Market Value Assessment and Idiosyncratic Tax-Price Risk: Understanding the Consequences of Alternative Definitions of the Property Tax Base, Regional Science and Urban Economics, July 2012 [January 2012 (pdf)]
What is the effect of property tax relief programs like homestead exemptions and federal tax deductibility on the level of property tax payments? Do cities with more commercial-industrial property have higher property taxes?
No Relief: Tax Prices and Property Tax Burdens, Regional Science and Urban Economics, November 2011
In their vacation communities, vacation home owners pay local property taxes, consume on average fewer public services than full-time residents but cannot vote. In municipalities with a lot of vacation homes, full-time residents can raise property tax revenue more cheaply because they pay a lower share of all property taxes. I show that municipalities with more vacation homes raise more property tax revenue because it is cheaper for full-time residents.
How many states place ceilings on local governments property tax rates and property tax revenues?
Property Tax Limitations: An Interpretative Review, National Tax Journal, September 2006
Link to my SSRN page
Updated: February 2014