James Alm's research has focused mainly on behavioral responses to taxes, in such areas as tax compliance and tax evasion, the marriage tax, opportunity zones, the determinants of state economic growth, and corruption. He has worked extensively on fiscal and decentralization reforms in many countries around the world. His research has been published in leading economics journals such as The American Economic Review, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Inquiry, Southern Economic Journal, Kyklos, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Human Resources, National Tax Journal, Public Finance Review, International Tax and Public Finance, Public Choice, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Psychology, Economics of Education Review, Economic Analysis and Policy, and Journal of Development Studies, among others. He has also published 11 books. He was the long-serving Editor of Public Finance Review, and he has served on numerous editorial boards.
Prior to coming to Tulane University as Chair of the Department of Economics, Alm was Regents Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, where he served as Chair of the Department of Economics and also as Dean of the Andrew Young School. He has been the President of the Southern Economics Association, and he became the President of the National Tax Association in November 2020. He has recently been named Professor Emeritus of Economics.
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