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The Home Page of David Wildasin


This page and its companions provide information about my professional activities and interests.

Alas, however, I have allowed this web site to fall woefully out of date.  For the first decade or so (first incarnation ca. mid-1990s), it was enjoyable for me, and useful for some, at least, to build and maintain a web site.  But somewhere along the way it became a chore.  Finally, among many other tasks, web site maintenance fell to a low priority.  It is long past time for an overhaul. 

For the moment, I retain much of the previous content; some of it remains valid, but many pages await revision.  It should be easy to distinguish the two (check "last updated" at the bottom of the page).  For the moment, the first order of business is to update this home page. 

The Bare Bones

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.

Past Employment

For some years (2000-2017), I was a faculty member in the Martin School of Public Policy at the University of Kentucky, where I held the Endowed Chair in Public Finance. I also had a secondary appointment in the Department of Economics at UK. 

As of July 1, 2017, however, I have retired to emeritus status.  My former office in the Martin School is now occupied by others (mainly grad students and perhaps other emeritus faculty).  Out with the old, in with the new!  My old (snail) mail address of the past 15 years is therefore no longer valid.  Fortunately, however, I do now have an office in the Department of Economics, which is reflected in my new contact information.  Having an office in the academic department that houses my home discipline makes me feel, shall we say, at home.

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.  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.


As for most academics, much of my time and effort has been devoted to teaching, and this web site has often served as a go-to location for course materials and other information for students in my classes.  Over the years, I have taught many different courses, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and I have frequently served on committees overseeing master's, Ph.D., honors thesis, and other student work, both in my home institutions and elsewhere.  This web site has often served as a gateway for students in my classes to obtain course materials and other relevant information, setting up course-specific web pages for that purpose.  As an emeritus professor, however, I do not expect to undertake any formal teaching responsibilities, and those pages have therefore been removed.

At some later date, I may expand on one or another aspect of my teaching experiences, but for now, let me simply express my gratitude to the many students who have privileged me with their attention and dedicated efforts over the years!


My research interests lie generally in the areas of public and urban/regional/international economics. 

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.

Research Affiliations

I am a research fellow at the following institutions:

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 research unit that sponsors scholarly research and public policy analysis on the taxation of business.

IFIR: The Institute for Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations

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!


A key part of professional service for academic economists involves working on behalf of professional journals, whether as referees or in some more formal editorial capacity.  By a recent count, I think that I have refereed papers for 85 different journals, give or take.  (In addition, I have refereed a number of research proposals, book chapters, and books.)  The total number of reports must be several times the number of journals.  I know that I have sometimes failed those who have asked me to assist them, and I do very much regret falling short on occasion.  I have given it the old college try, but sometimes the work flow can become overwhelming.

I presently serve in an editorial capacity for, and hereby commend to the attention of readers and authors, the following professional journals:

CESifo Economic Studies

  Of note: Special issue of CESifo Economic Studies on "New Directions in Fiscal Federalism," published 2007.

International Tax and Public Finance

National Tax Journal

Review of International Economics

Economics Humor

Many have heard the old line about economists being people who work with numbers but who don't have the personality to be accountants. (Although the accountants might not appreciate it, that's actually a joke.) Lest the world form the mistaken impression that economists are dull folk, I have compiled a little collection of economics humor, some of which, to my knowledge, can be found nowhere else in the world! (That's putting a positive spin on it.)

About this web site

Formerly, I ran my email and web site from a Linux-equipped pc sitting in my old office.  It is down, at the moment, but I hope to revive it soon.  The name of that server is, and if you don't know what "tanstaafl" means, you may want to go take a look.  It is one of those terms that every economics student should learn.

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   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

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.)

 The Internet Traffic Report monitors the flow
        of data around the world. It then displays a value between zero
        and 100. Higher values indicate faster and more reliable

Didn't Find What You Want?

Some Places in California

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!

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Contact Information:

David E. Wildasin /  dew (at)   

Department of Economics
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0034

Tel.:  +1 859 257 2456