William A. Fischel
Professor of EconomicsThe 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.”
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