Charles Tiebout

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Charles M. Tiebout
Born (1924-10-12)October 12, 1924
Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Died January 16, 1968(1968-01-16) (aged 43)
Residence United States
Citizenship American
Alma mater Wesleyan University
University of Michigan (PhD)
Known for Tiebout model
Scientific career
Fields Economic geography, Regional economics, Public economics
Institutions Northwestern
University of Washington
Doctoral advisor Daniel Suits

Charles Mills Tiebout (1924–1968) was an economist and geographer most known for his development of the Tiebout model, which suggested that there were actually non-political solutions to the free rider problem in local governance. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1950, and received a PhD in economics in University of Michigan in 1957. He was Professor of Economics and Geography at the University of Washington. He died suddenly on January 16, 1968, at age 43.

Tiebout is frequently associated with the concept of foot voting, that is, physically moving to another jurisdiction where policies are closer to one's ideologies, instead of voting to change a government or its policies.

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