Joel Slemrod

Professor Joel Slemrod is the Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and also serves as Director of the Office of Tax Policy Research, an interdisciplinary research center housed at the Ross School. Professor Slemrod received the A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1973 and the Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1980. He joined the economics department at the University of Minnesota in 1979. In 1983-84 he was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution and in 1984-85 he was the senior staff economist for tax policy at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has been at Michigan since 1987, and was chairman of the Business Economics Group from 1991 to 1992, and from 1995 to 1998. Professor Slemrod has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Canadian Department of Finance, the New Zealand Department of Treasury, the South African Ministry of Finance, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He has been a member of the Joint Committee on Taxation Revenue Estimating Board, a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers, and has testified before Congress on domestic and international tax issues. He was editor of the National Tax Journal from 1992 to 1998 and is now co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics. He is the editor or co-editor of more than 10 books and the co-author, with Jon Bakija, of Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen’s Guide to the Debate over Taxes, whose 4th edition was published in 2008.      

Content by Joel Slemrod
  • Project

    How to Tax Family Firms

    We propose a framework for analyzing tax policy in a context when firms employ relatives (or other trusted individuals) to reduce agency costs. Our focus is on implications for the design of the tax base. We show that, if feasible, pure profit tax is optimal under natural assumptions. However, the key feature of agency costs is that they need not be observable and hence...

    10 Oct 2014 | Joel Slemrod, Wojciech Kopczuk

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Taxation and Family Firms (Working Paper)

    28 Dec 2011 | Wojciech Kopczuk, Joel Slemrod

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Taxation and Family Firms (Policy Brief)

    28 Dec 2011 | Wojciech Kopczuk, Joel Slemrod