Previously, I have taught in economics departments at Vanderbilt University (1993--2000), Indiana 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. My research and teaching interests lie generally in the areas of public and urban/regional/international economics. My cv (.pdf format) 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.
I have taught a variety of courses over the years, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. At the Martin School, these courses have included master's-level and Ph.D. courses in microeconomics and its policy applications as well as more specialized MPA/Ph.D. courses in public finance, tax policy, and international policy. During the Fall semester of 2012, I am teaching PA665, Public Policy and Political Economy in an International Context, and PA750, Introduction to Economics for Public Policy.
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.
The Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, a recently-established 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 on matters relating to intergovernmental relations. See, for example, the 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 remains up and running for the time being, and IFIR working papers, in particular, will remain online for the foreseeable future for those who may wish to consult them.
CESifo Economic Studies
Of note: Special issue of CESifo Economic Studies on "New Directions in Fiscal Federalism," published 2007.
International Tax and Public Finance
of Public Economics
National Tax Journal
Review of International Economics
I highly recommend these journals to readers and to prospective
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 which, to my astonishment, 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! :-)
Since then, connectivity on the fourth floor has much improved, 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 fourth-floor flood of 2011. Yes, I can administer my own web server and email service, and would love to do so. 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! I might switch back to my own in-office email when the Martin School gets some decent space somewhere -- I'd like to say that this will happen RSN, but, although I have no immediate retirement plans, space allocations at universities change in near-geologic time, so we're talking decades at a minimum here.
Speaking of network connectivity, how's the internet doing, anyway? 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. 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!