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James Alm Professor Department of Economics

James Alm


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison


Alm's most recent research areas include tax compliance and tax evasion, the marriage tax, tax and expenditure limitations, tax amnesties, taxpayer responses to tax reforms, enterprise zones, the determinants of state economic growth, and corruption. He has worked extensively on fiscal and decentralization reforms in numerous countries, including Bangladesh, Jamaica, Grenada, Indonesia, Turkey, Hungary, China, Egypt, the Philippines, Russia, Uganda, Nigeria, India, Colombia, Nepal, Ukraine, Pakistan, South Africa, and Tunisia. Alm's international projects have been funded by the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Monetary Fund.

Alm was the long-time Editor of the Public Finance Review, and he has served on the editorial boards of Review of Economics of the HouseholdEconomic InquiryPublic Finance ReviewNational Tax JournalEconomics - ejournalEconomic Analysis and PolicyPublic Budgeting & FinanceInternational Journal of Financial StudiesJournal of Tax AdministrationParadigms, and Actual Problems of Economics and Law. His work has been published in The American Economic ReviewThe Journal of Economic PerspectivesThe Review of Economics and StatisticsEconomicaEconomic InquirySouthern Economic JournalKyklosJournal of Public EconomicsJournal of Urban EconomicsJournal of Development EconomicsJournal of Human ResourcesNational Tax JournalPublic Finance ReviewInternational Tax and Public FinancePublic ChoicePubliusPublic Finance/Finances PubliquesJournal of Policy Analysis and ManagementRegional Science and Urban EconomicsJournal of Economic Behavior and OrganizationJournal of Economic PsychologyThe Manchester SchoolOxford Development StudiesEconomics of Education ReviewEconomic Analysis and Policy, and Journal of Development Studies, among others. His work has also been noted in articles in the Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe Boston GlobeForbesBusiness Week, and Bloomberg. Prior to coming to Tulane University as chair of the department of economics, Alm served as chair of the economics department in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and also as dean of the school. He has also been the President of the Southern Economics Association, and he has just been elected the Second Vice President of the National Tax Association.