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Robert P. Inman

Richard King Mellon Professor of Finance

Professor of Business Economics & Public Policy

Professor of Real Estate

Research Interests: political economy, public finance, urban fiscal policy


PhD, Harvard University, 1971; MEd, Harvard University, 1967; AB, Harvard University, 1964

Recent Consulting

Tax policy, City of Philadelphia, 1988-98; Municipal finance, Chemical Bank, 1989-90; Citicorp, 1980; Regulation of public enterprise, UPS, 1986-87; Federal tax policy, U.S. Treasury, 1985; Pension Policy, California, 1994; National Academy of Sciences panel Member, "Demographic and Economic Imparts of Immigration," 1995-97; Fiscal policy, republic of South Africa, 1994-2000; World Bank, 1994-present; National Academy of Sciences panel member, "Estimating Eligibility and Participation for the WIC Program," 2001-2003; Member, Mayor's Council of Economic Advisors, Philadelphia, 2002-present

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow, 1976; Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, 1992-93; Fulbright Florence Chair of Economics, European University Institute, Florence, Italy; Undergraduate Division Excellence in Teaching Award, 1992, 1994, 1998; Graduate Division Excellence in Teaching Award, 1997, 2000; The Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2000 (University of Pennsylvania); Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award, 1978, 2001

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1980-present (Vice Dean and Director, Doctoral Programs, 2005-2009; named Richard King Mellon Professor of Finance, 2003). University of Pennsylvania: 1971-present. Visiting appointments: Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; Harvard University; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; University of London; Australian National University; European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Other Positions

Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1981-present; Visiting Senior Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, 1980, 1982-1987, 1991-92, 1994, 1997, 2002

Professional Leadership 2005-2009

Associate Editor, Regional Science and Urban Economics, 1987-present; Executive Committee, International Seminar in Public Economics, 1990- present; Associate Editor, Public Finance Quarterly, 1980-present