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G. Zodrow

 George R. Zodrow

 Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Economics

 Baker Hall 260
 Ph: 713.348.4891
 Fax: 713.348.3141
 Email: zodrow@rice.edu



EDUCATION:Ph.D., Economics, Princeton University, 1980
M.A., Economics, Princeton University, 1977
M.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 1973
B.A., Mechanical Engineering and Economics, Rice University, 1972
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Tax reform in the U.S. and developing countries
and state and local public finance.
WORKING PAPERS AND FORTHCOMING PAPERS: “InternationalTaxation and Company Tax Policy in Small Open Economies,” in Tax Reform inOpen Economies: International and Country Perspectives, edited by Iris Claus, Norman Gemmell, Michelle Hardingand David White, Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming.

"CapitalMobility and Capital Tax Competition,” National Tax Journal, forthcoming.

“Efficiencyand State and Local Taxation,” (with Athiphat Muthitachareon), Proceedingsof the 101st Annual Conference on Taxation, National Tax Association, forthcoming.

“Pillarsof Public Finance,” Proceedings of the 102nd Annual Conference onTaxation, National Tax Association,forthcoming.


“InternationalProspects for Consumption-Based Direct Taxes: A Guided Tour,” in John G. Headand Richard Krever (eds.), Tax Reform in the 21st Century: AVolume in Memory of Richard Musgrave, pp.51-72.  New York: Wolters-Kluwer,2009.

“TaxPolicy Experts Express Views on California’s Proposed Tax Plan,” (with JosephBankman, Arnold Harberger, Walter Hellerstein, James Hines, Charles McLure,Steven Sheffrin, Kirk Stark and John Swain), State Tax Notes, Vol. 53, No. 13 (September 28, 2009), pp.916-919.


“PropertyTaxation,” in Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume (eds.), The NewPalgrave Dictionary of Economics: Second Edition, London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008.

“ConsumptionTax Reform: Changes in Business Equity and Housing Prices” (with John W.Diamond), in John W. Diamond and George R. Zodrow (eds.), Fundamental TaxReform: Issues, Choices and Implications,MIT Press, 2008.

“IsIt Time for Fundamental Tax Reform?” (with John W. Diamond), in John W. Diamondand George R. Zodrow (eds.), Fundamental Tax Reform: Issues, Choices andImplications, MIT Press, 2008.

FundamentalTax Reform: Issues, Choices and Implications,edited with John W. Diamond, MIT Press, 2008.

“SelectingParameter Values for General Equilibrium Model Simulations,” (with Timothy G.Gunning and John W. Diamond), Proceedings of the One Hundredth AnnualConference on Taxation, National TaxAssociation, 2008.

“EconomicEffects of a Personal Capital Income Tax Add-On to a Consumption Tax,” (withJohn Diamond), Finanzarchiv, Volume 63(September 2007), pp. 374-395.

“TheU.S. Experience with the Estate Tax and its Implications for Wealth TransferTaxation in Latin America” (with John Diamond), Bulletin of InternationalTaxation, Volume 61, Number 11 (2007),494-514. 

“ModelingTax Reform in an International Setting,” (with Joyce Tung and John Diamond), Proceedingsof the Ninety-Ninth Annual Conference on Taxation, National Tax Association (2007), pp. 351-358.

"Capital Mobility and Source-Based Taxation of Capital Income in Small Open Economies," International Tax and Public Finance, Vol. 13, Nos. 2/3 (May 2006), pp. 269-294.

"Time for U.S. Tax Reform? The Tax Reform Panel's Recommendations," (with Charles E. McLure, Jr.), International Bureau of Foscal Documentation, Vol. 60, No. 4 (April 2006), pp. 134-149.

"Optimal Commodity Taxation of Traditional and Electronic Commerce," National Tax Journal, Vol. 59, No. 1 (March 2006), pp. 7-31.

"Tax Competition and Tax Coordination in the European Union," International Tax and Public Finance, Vol. 10, No. 6 (November 2003), pp. 651-671.

"An Economic Evaluation of Alternative Sources of Tax Revenue for the State of Texas," Joint Select Committee on Public School Finance, Texas School Finance Project, March 12, 2004. Summary appeared as “Revenue Options for the State of Texas,” State Tax Notes, Volume 34, Number 12 (December 20, 2004), pp. 799-821.

"Network Externalities and Indirect Tax Preferences for Electronic Commerce," International Tax and Public Finance, Vol. 10, Issue 1 (January, 2003), pp. 79-97.

"Transitional Issues in the Implementation of a Flat Tax or Retail Sales Tax," in United States Tax Reform in the 21st Century, George R. Zodrow and Peter Mieszkowski (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2002.

"The Property Tax as a Capital Tax: A Room with Three Views," National Tax Journal, March 2001 (Vol. 54, No. 1), pp. 139-156.