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Academic Articles

“The Strange and Awful Path of Productivity in the U.S. Construction Sector” (with Chad Syverson), February 2022

“Monopsony in Higher Education: A Tale of Two Tracks,” (with Chad Syverson), working paper, 2021 (revised version of NBER Working Paper 26070).

“Fear, Lockdown and Diversion: Comparing the Drivers of Pandemic Economic Decline 2020,” Journal of Public Economics, 193(1) 104311, January 2021

“Internet Rising, Prices Falling: Measuring Inflation in a World of e-Commerce,” (with Peter Klenow), AEA Papers and Proceedings, May 2018, 108: 488–492

"A Retrospective Look at Rescuing and Restructuring General Motors and Chrysler" (with Alan Krueger) Journal of Economic Perspectives, 29(2): 3-24, Spring 2015

"Playing with Fire: Cigarettes Taxes and Competition from the Internet" (with Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan) American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, vol. 2, no.1: 131-153 (February 2010).

Are Durable Goods Consumers Forward Looking? Evidence from College Textbooks," (with Judy Chevalier, Yale University), Quarterly Journal of Economics 124 (4), (November 2009), 1853-1884.

"How Do Incumbents Respond to the Threat of Entry? The Case of Major Airlines" (with Chad Syverson, University of Chicago), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 123(4), (November 2008), 1611-33

"Valuing Consumer Goods by the Time Spent Using Them: An Application to the Internet," (with Peter Klenow, Stanford University), American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings), May 2006, 96(2), 108-113

"The Impact of Internet Subsidies for Public Schools," (with Jonathan Guryan, University of Chicago, GSB), Review of Economics and Statistics, May 2006, Vol. 88, No. 2: 336-347.

"World Wide Wonder? Measuring the (non-) Impact of Internet Subsidies in Public Schools," Education Next, Winter, 2006, 6(1), pp. 61-65

"The Value of Broadband and the Deadweight Loss of Taxing New Technologies," Contributions to Economic Analysis & Policy (B.E. Press Journals), 5(1), 2006.

"Investment, Overhang and Tax Policy," (with Mihir Desai, Harvard Business School), Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2004(2), 285-338.

"The Impact and Inefficiency of the Coporate Income Tax: Evidence from State Organizational Form Data,"Journal of Public Economics, 88(11), September 2004, 2283-2299.

The Consumer Gains from Direct Broadcast Satellites and the Competition with Cable Television" (with Amil Petrin, University of Chicago, GSB) Econometrica 72(2), March 2004, 351-381.

"Taxes and the Quality of Capital," Journal of Public Economics, 88(3-4), March 2004, 519-543.

"The TurboTax Revolution? Evaluating the Ability of Technology to Solve the Tax Complexity Dilemma," in The Crisis in Tax Administration, edited by Henry Aaron and Joel Slemrod, 2004, 124-137, Brookings Institution Press (Washington, D.C.).

"Price Competition Online: Amazon Versus Barnes And Noble," (with Judy Chevalier, Yale University), Quantitative Marketing and Economics, 1(2), June 2003, 203-222.

"How Prevalent is Tax Arbitrage? Evidence from Corporate Investments in Municipal Bonds,” (with Merle Erickson, University of Chicago, GSB and Edward Maydew, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC), National Tax Journal, LVI (1, part 2), March 2003, 259-270.

"Investment Tax Subsidies and the Wages of Capital Goods Workers: To the Workers Go the Spoils?" National Tax Journal, LVI (1, part 2), March 2003, 153-166.

"Evidence on Learning and Network Externalities in the Diffusion of Home Computers,"  (with Peter Klenow, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis), Journal of Law and Economics, October 2002, Vol XLV (2, part 1), 317-344.

"Taxes and Organizational Form: The Case of REIT Spinoffs," (with Edward Maydew, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC), National Tax Journal, September 2002, vol. 55, 441-456.

"Does the Internet Make Markets More Competitive? Evidence from the Life Insurance Industry," (with Jeffrey Brown, Kennedy School of Government), Journal of Political Economy, June 2002, 110(3), 481-507.

"Subsidies, the Value of Broadband, and the Importance of Fixed Costs," in Broadband: Should we Regulate High-Speed Internet Access?, Robert Crandall and James H. Alleman, eds. 2002, 278-294, Brooking Institution Press (Washington, D.C.).

"Competition in the Computer Industry: Online Versus Retail," Journal of Industrial Economics, 49(4), December 2001, 487-499

"The Implications of Electronic Commerce for Fiscal Policy (and Vice Versa)," Journal of Economic Perspectives, Winter 2001, 15(1) 13-24.
--Reprinted in Cyber Policy and Economics in an Internet Age, William Lehr and Lorenzo Pupillo, eds., forthcoming Kluwer Academic Press

"Education and the Internet" in The Economic Payoff from the Internet Revolution, Robert Litan, and Alice Rivlin, eds., 2001. Internet Policy Institute/Brookings Institution Press (Washington, D.C.), 269-284.

"The Importance of Measurement Error in the Cost of Capital,"  National Tax Journal. June, 2000. vol. 53(2), pp. 215-228. 

"In a World Without Borders: The Impact of Taxes on Internet Commerce," Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2000, vol 115(2), 561-576.  
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Reprinted in The Internet Upheaval: Raising Questions, Seeking Answers in Communications Policy, Ben Compaine, ed., MIT Press.  
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Translated and reprinted as "Limpatto dell'imposizione fiscale sul commercio elettronico negli USA: un'analasi econometrica" by Fiscalia vol. 1(2), 144-158.

"Taxes, High-Income Executives, and the Perils of Revenue Estimation in the New Economy,"  American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings), May 2000, vol. 90(2), 271-275.

"What Happens When You Tax the Rich? Evidence from Executive Compensation,"  Journal of Political Economy, April 2000, vol. 108(2), 352-378.

"Coveting Thy Neighbor's Manufacturing: The Dilemma of State Income Apportionment," (with Ed Maydew, University of Chicago), University of Chicago, Journal of Public Economics, January 2000, vol. 75(1), 125-143. 

"Tax Sensitivity, Internet Commerce, and the Generation Gap," in Tax Policy and the Economy, volume 14 (2000), 45-66, James Poterba, ed., MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

"It's Not About the Money: Why Natural Experiments Don't Work on the Rich," in Does Atlas Shrug? The Economic Consequences of Taxing the Rich, J. Slemrod, ed., 2000, 141-158. Russell Sage Foundation and Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.

"Evidence on the High Income Laffer Curve from Six Decades of Tax Reform:" Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 1999(2), 1-47. 

"Evaluating the Costs and Benefits of Taxing Internet Commerce" (with Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law School), National Tax Journal, 52(3), September 1999, 413-428. 

"Taxes, Organizational Form and the Dead Weight Loss of the Corporate Income Tax," Journal of Public Economics, vol. 69, July 1998, 143-152.

"Does R&D Policy Primarily Benefit Scientists and Engineers?" American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings), 88(2), May 1998, 298 - 302.

"The Business Cycle, Financial Performance, and the Retirement of Capital Goods," Review of Economic Dynamics, 1(2), April 1998, 474 - 496.

"Investment Tax Incentives, Prices, and the Supply of Capital Goods," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 113(1), February 1998, 121 - 148.

Books

Microeconomics (with Steven Levitt and Chad Syverson). Worth Publishing, New York, New York, 835pp, 2012.

Other Publications

"James Heckman's Contributions to Law and Economics,"Law and Social Inquiry, Winter 2002, 27(1), 1-5.

“Comment” on James Hines and Adam Jaffe “International Taxation and the Location of Inventive Activity,“ in International Taxation, James Hines, ed, 2000. National Bureau of Economic Research and University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.

"Review" of Fiscal Policy: Lessons from Economic Research, Alan Auerbach, ed. , MIT Press, 1998 in National Tax Journal, 51(2), June 1998, pp. 405 - 409.