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J. Richard Aronson

J. Richard Aronson, Ph.D., holds the William L. Clayton Professorship.

Director, The Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise

Department of Economics: Professor

  • Clark University, B.A.
  • Stanford University, M.A.
  • Clark University, Ph.D. 

J. Richard Aronson's research in the areas of public finance and public choice has appeared in the Economic Journal, the Journal of Finance, the National Tax Journal, the Public Finance Review, Public Choice and Publius. He serves as a member of the Employee Retirement Commission for the State of Pennsylvania. He is also Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of York, Heslington, England, where he twice served as a Fulbright Scholar.

Professor Aronson is the director of the Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise.

Research Interests
  • Public pension plans
  • Tax structure design
  • Issues of state and local finance
Selected Publications and Working Papers
  • Management Policies in Local Government Finance (ICMA, Washington 1975) Editor with E. Schwartz, 5th Edition, 2004.
  • Financing State and Local Governments (The Brookings Institution, 4th Edition, Washington 1986) with J. Hilley.
  • Public Finance (McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1985).
  • "Wealth Transfer Taxes in U.S. Fiscal Federalism: A Levy Still in Need of Reform" Publius, Fall 2001, (with V. Munley.)
  • "Non equivalence in a Federalism: Dual Tax Shares, Flypaper Effects and Leviathan," with (Vince Munley) Public Choice, Vol. 89, 1996.
  • "Decomposing the Gini Coefficient to Reveal Vertical, Horizontal and Reranking Effects of Income Taxation," National Tax Journal, June 1994, with P.J. Lambert.
  • "Redistributial Effect and Unequal Income Tax Treatment, Economic Journal, March 1994, with P.J. Lambert and P. Johnson.
Office Information
Office: 353 RBC
Phone: 610-758-3411
Fax: 610-758-6549
Courses Taught
  • Principles of Economics
  • Money and Banking
  • Public Finance: Federal
  • Public FInance: State and Local
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