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.”

603-646-2940
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Department(s): 
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