Joel Slemrod

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Joel Slemrod (July 14, 1951, Newark, New Jersey)[1] is a Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan and the Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.


He received his B.A. degree from Princeton University in 1973 and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1980. He has been at Michigan since 1987 and does research on taxation, with a focus on taxation of personal income. He is co-author with Jon Bakija of Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen's Guide to the Great Debate over Tax Reform and is editor of Does Atlas Shrug? The Economic Consequences of Taxing the Rich. He is currently the chair of the Economics department at the University of Michigan. Dr. Slemrod also serves as Director of the Office of Tax Policy Research, which is a research center at the University of Michigan on matters of tax policy.

Slemrod shared an Ig Nobel Prize with Wojciech Kopczuk, of the University of British Columbia, for a paper concluding that people find a way to postpone their deaths if that would qualify them for a lower rate on the inheritance tax.[2][3]


  1. ^ CV
  2. ^ Kopczuk, W.; Slemrod, J. (2003). "Dying to Save Taxes: Evidence from Estate-Tax Returns on the Death Elasticity". Review of Economics and Statistics. 85: 256. doi:10.1162/003465303765299783. 
  3. ^ Harding, Lesley (15 October 2001). "Business prof wins not so noble Nobel". University Record. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 

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