My cv, not
yet updated to reflect my current status, lists my work
experience, publications, and other professional activities in
considerable detail. A brief cv
(everything I could fit onto two pages) offers a more concise
summary of my professional background.
Previously, I have taught in economics departments at Vanderbilt University
University (1979--1993) and at the University of Illinois at Chicago
(1976--1979, my first job out of graduate school). I have spent
one-year visits at the Department
of Economics at Queen's University in Canada, at the Center for Operations
Research and Econometrics (CORE) at the Universite
Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, and at the World Bank. In addition, I have
visited and lectured at a number of other universities and
research institutes for shorter periods of time. I am
grateful to all of these institutions for the opportunities and
support that they have provided to me, and to the colleagues and
students from whom I have learned so much and with whom I have had
so many enjoyable interactions.
My research interests lie generally in the areas of public and
That's a pretty broad field, and I certainly don't specialize in
all aspects of these topics. I see them as highly related,
however, and as central to the main issues of economics as a
whole. But it would take time (for me) and patience (for
readers) to explain that, so I'll skip the "big picture" for now,
though perhaps not forever.
Some of my current research projects deal with (i) models of
dynamic factor adjustment and their implications for tax
incidence, fiscal competition, and political economy, (ii)
commodity tax competition with internet commerce, (iii) risk,
economic integration, and their implications for social insurance
and redistribution, and (iv) strategic capital tax competition
within an economically-integrated region.
Professional journals have been the principal outlet for my academic research. I have also authored, co-authored, or edited several books as well. I have compiled versions of a number of published and forthcoming papers that may be helpful for those who want more details.One of my main reasons for retiring was to free up time for academic pursuits, especially academic research and continued study. (Academic employment is not always conducive to academic work.) I hope to expand the research portion of this web site significantly in the future.
CESifo in Munich, Germany. CESifo sponsors many academic research activities in economics, including publications, conferences, and lecture series, and is also very active in bringing academic economics into contact with the world of policymaking.
IZA, the Institute for the Study of Labor (in German, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit), in Bonn. The IZA web site is an excellent source for information about current research in labor economics, including, in particular, studies of European labor markets, international migration, and related policy issues.
Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, a research
unit that sponsors scholarly research and public policy analysis
on the taxation of business.
For some years, I served as a director and as a research fellow of IFIR, which supported faculty and student research, workshops and conferences, publications, and other activities. One noteworthy undertaking was an international conference on "New Directions in Fiscal Federalism", co-sponsored with CESifo (see above). A selection of conference papers appeared in special issues of CESifo Economic Studies and the Journal of Public Economics.
Unfortunately, IFIR funding has been exhausted and its
activities have ceased. The IFIR web site is
now hosted on the Martin School server; the IFIR Working Paper series (2005-2009), in
particular, will remain online there for the foreseeable
future. My enduring thanks to all who participated in IFIR
activities during its active period!
CESifo Economic Studies
Of note: Special issue of CESifo Economic Studies on "New Directions in Fiscal Federalism," published 2007.
International Tax and Public FinanceNational Tax Journal
of International Economics
Some years ago, however, I switched to an off-campus web and email host because on-campus network connectivity was pretty poor, especially in Patterson Office Tower. (Network operations was in the habit of shutting down the hub in the fourth-floor wiring closet. Somebody would then have to inspect all of the computers on the floor before bringing the net back up. Ugh!) I racked my brain for a domain name until I came up with davidwildasin.us. To my astonishment, this domain was not already occupied, not even by a name-squatter, so I didn't have to pay an extortionate price to get it. Talk about your minor miracles! :-)
Connectivity on the fourth floor gradually improved over time,
but once you switch domains, it's a pain to switch back. And my
inclination to do so wasn't much enhanced by the great Patterson
Tower fourth-floor flood of 2011. Yes, I can administer my own web
server and email service. But being a good sysadmin doesn't
help much when the office has a couple of inches of water in it
and the wiring conduits under the floor are water-filled! Now I
have a shiny new office in the Gatton Building, and, once I get a
new computer for it, I will try to revive tanstaafl.gws.uky.edu.
Speaking of network connectivity, how's the internet doing,
Your internet today: (Click on the graphic to get a
continent-by-continent breakdown of global packet loss.)
Perhaps you were looking for Wildasin, California (33 deg 59'20"N, 118 deg 17'57"W). That's actually part of Los Angeles County now, at the intersection of W. Slauson Ave. and S. Normandie Ave. (About 20 blocks north of Florence and Normandie, epicenter of one of the more newsworthy events of 1992.) I've never been there, although it appears to be readily train-accessible. Notice the attractive murals on the warehouses in the background of the picture.
Or perhaps you were looking for the Wildasin Hotel at Mammoth Mountain, CA. If it were still there, I'd want to be among the first to welcome you to this particular Hotel California! Alas, the Wildasin Hotel, established in 1905, seems to be defunct -- but I'm happy to say that the beautiful mountain is still there.The Odd Useful Thing: Some Resources Available on the Web
You might possibly be interested in a modest collection of links to resources that can be useful to researchers and students -- software, information about economics, and the like.Still Looking?
If you still haven't found what you want, allow me to show you the door. Off you go, and thanks for visiting!