A.B., Princeton University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Diana Chapman Walsh Assistant Professor of Economics
Public finance theorist interested in the role of government in taxation and insurance markets.
I am primarily a public finance theorist. Broadly speaking, this means that I am interested in the role of the public sector in the economy and that I approach questions from a theory-first perspective. My specific interests include: the role of government pensions and private-sector alternatives in financing retirement; the optimal design of income tax systems; and the government's role in regulating private insurance markets.
I taught AP Economics immediately after graduating from college with a degree in physics, and I haven't looked back: I have since taught at the high-school, college, Masters, and PhD levels. I've loved every minute of it, but teaching students in a liberal arts setting is my favorite. My teaching interests are broad. They include basic micro and macro theory, advanced topics in game theory and decision theory, topics in public finance, and general-interest courses in "pop" economics.
I am actively engaged in the economics profession. My work has been published in a wide variety of mainstream economics journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Economic Theory. My broad interests are reflected in my publications in unusual outlets (for an economist), including the Journal of Theoretical Biology, Risk Analysis, and Geophysical Research Letters. I am an active member of the Risk Theory Society and other professional organizations, and I serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Economics Education.
I spend most of my non-economist time with my wife Beth and my daughters Adele and Mabel. We enjoy gardening, cooking, and hiking with our dog Sadie.