Burton Abrams

Professor of Economics

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 333F Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1900


  • Ph.D., Economics, Ohio State University 1974
  • M.A., Economics, Ohio State University 1972
  • B.S., Economics, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1968
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • Cash for Clunkers: The Uneasy Case for Subsidizing Energy Efficiency (with G. R. Parsons), Milken Institute Review, forthcoming.
  • Is CARS a Clunker? (with G. R. Parsons), The Economist’s Voice, 6(8), 2009.
  • Did Corliss Steam Engines Fuel Urban Growth in the Late Nineteenth Century? Less Sanguine Results (with J. Li and J.G. Mulligan), The Journal of Economic History, 68(4), 2008.
  • "A Rejoinder to 'A commentary on "Does the Fed contribute to a political business cycle?"' Public Choice, 134,2008.
  • “Do Fixed Exchange Rates Fetter Monetary Policy?  A Credit View,” (with Russell Settle)  Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2, Spring 2007.
  • "How Richard Nixon Pressured Arthur Burns: Evidence From the Nixon Tapes," Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 20, No. 4, Fall 2006.
  • "Does the Fed Contribute to the Political Business Cycle?" Public Choice" (with Plamen Iossifov) Public Choice, pp 249-262, Fall 2006.
  • Return to Animal Farm,  Turkish language edition, 2006.
  • “Campaign Finance Reform: A Public Choice Perspective,” (with Russell Settle) Public Choice, Sept. 2004 
  • Burton Abrams (with Plamen Yossifov ). “The importance of property rights for economic outcomes: Lessons from the transfer of productive assets from collective to private ownership in Bulgarian agriculture,”  Proceedings of Enterprise in Transition (Fifth international conference), 2003, pp. 49-51, 2003.

Awards & Honors

  • Who's Who in America, 2001 - present
  • Lerner Scholar Award, 2009
  • Fulbright Professor, University of Split, Split, Croatia, 2002
  • Who's Who in America, 2001
  • Fulbright Professor, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, 1994
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, 1992
  • Fulbright Professor, Nankai University, People's Republic of China, 1985-86
  • National Science Foundation Grant
  • Visiting Staff Economist, Federal Trade Commission , 1984-85
  • National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1978-79
  • Director, Conference on Austrian Economics, University of Delaware
  • Member, Public Choice Society


  • Public Choice
  • Monetary Economics
  • Macroeconomics

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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