William A. Fischel

Professor of Economics
The Robert C. 1925 and Hilda Hardy Professor of Legal Studies

I have been a professor in Dartmouth’s Department of Economics since 1973. The courses I teach are Economics 2 (survey for nonmajors) and Economics 38 (Urban and Land Use). Unlike most other economists, I have relied primarily on sole-author books to develop my scholarship. Their common theme holds that local governments should be thought of as rational economic agents rather than passive “creatures of the state.”

Curriculum Vitae
603-646-2940
Rockefeller 324
HB 6106
Department:
Economics
Education:
B.A. Amherst College, 1967
Ph.D. Princeton University, 1973

Selected Publications

Making the Grade: The Economic Evolution of American School Districts, (Chicago, 2009).

The Tiebout Model at Fifty: Essays in Public Economics in Honor of Wallace Oates , (Lincoln, 2006).

The Homevoter Hypothesis: How Home Values Influence Local Government Taxation, School Finance, and Land-Use Policies , (Harvard, 2001).

Regulatory Takings: Law, Economics, and Politics, (Harvard, 1995).

The Economics of Zoning Laws: A Property Rights Approach to American Land Use Controls, (Hopkins, 1985).

Works in Progress

Do Amish One-Room Schools Make the Grade? The Dubious Data of Wisconsin v. Yoder.

Revised edition of The Economics of Zoning Laws