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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

Contact Information

Address: 2257 Steinberg-Dietrich Hall, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Email: inman@wharton.upenn.edu
Office: (215) 898-8299

Overview

Education

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

Research


  • Robert P. Inman, Daniel L. Rubinfield (Working), Understanding the Democratic Transition in South Africa.  
  • Robert P. Inman (Working), Federalism's Values and the Value of Federalism.  
  • Steven Craig, Andrew Haughwout, Robert P. Inman, Thomas Luce (2004), Local Revenue Hills: Evidence from Four U.S. Cities, The Review of Economics and Statistics, 86 (2), 570 - 585.  
  • Robert P. Inman, Transfers and Bailouts: Enforcing Local Fiscal Discipline with Lessons from U.S. Federalism (2003).
  • Robert P. Inman (2002), Should Suburbs Help Their Central Cities?, Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs, 2002.
  • Andrew Haughwout, Robert P. Inman (2001), Fiscal Policies in Open Cities With Firms and Households, Regional Science and Urban Economcis, Vol. 31 (Issues 2-3), 147 - 180. doi: 10.1016/S0166-0462(00)00059-4.    Abstract
  • Robert P. Inman (1999), Changing the Price of Pork: The Impact of Local Cost Sharing on Legislators' Demands for Distributive Public Goods, Journal of Public Economics, (February 1999).  Abstract
  • Robert P. Inman (1997), Rethinking Federalism, Journal of Economic Perspectives, (Fall 1997).

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Courses

Current

  • BEPP995 - Dissertation

    BEPP995002 

Previous

  • BEPP230 - Urban Fiscal Policy

    The purpose of this course is to examine the financing of governments in the urban economy. Topics to be covered include the causes and consequences of the urban fiscal crisis, the design of optimal tax and spending policies for local governments, funding of public infrastructures and the workings of the municipal bond market, privatization of government services, and public financial systems for emerging economies. Applications include analyses of recent fiscal crises, local services and taxes as important determinants of real estate prices, the infrastructure crisis, financing and the provision of public education, and fiscal constitutions for new democracies using South Africa as an example.

  • BEPP773 - Urban Fiscal Policy.

    The purpose of this course is to examine the financing of governments in the urban economy. Topics to be covered include the causes and consequences of the urban fiscal crisis, the design of optimal tax and spending policies for local governments, funding of public infrastructures and the workings of the municipal bond market, privatization of government services, and public financial systems for emerging economies. Applications include analyses of recent fiscal crises, local services and taxes as important determinants of real estate prices, the infrastructure crisis, financing and the provision of public education, and fiscal constitutions for new democracies using South Africa as an example.

  • BEPP990 - Masters Thesis

  • BEPP995 - Dissertation

  • BEPP999 - Independent Study

    For students working on faculty-supervised research leading to the completion of the PhD requirements.