William A. Fischel

Academic Appointments

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 Personal Website
Rockefeller 324
HB 6106
B.A. Amherst College, 1967
Ph.D. Princeton University, 1973

Selected Publications

For the latest and more complete works, please refer to my own working papers page HERE.

The Rise of the Homevoters: How the Growth Machine Was Subverted by OPEC and Earth Day”, in Evidence and Innovation in Housing Law and Policy, edited by Lee Anne Fennell and Benjamin J. Keys. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press,forthcoming 2017. 

Are Local Property Taxes Regressive, Progressive, Or What?”, (with Wallace E. Oates). National Tax Journal 69 (June 2016): 415–434. 

"Zoning Rules! The Economics of Land Use Regulation", Cambridge: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2015. 

Works in Progress

"More Phones, Less Crime: Evidence that Cell Phones Caused the Great Urban Crime Reduction".  Last updated: July 15, 2015