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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


  • 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.