Laurence Seidman

Chaplin Tyler Professor of Economics

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 411 Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1917


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Berkeley 1974
  • A.B., Social Studies, Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude, 1968
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • “Stimulus Without Debt,” Challenge, November-December 2013, V. 56, #6, pp. 28-59.
  • “Medicare for All:  An Economist’s Case,” Challenge, January-February 2013, Vol. 56, #1, pp. 88-115.
  • “Keynesian Stimulus versus Classical Austerity,” Review of Keynesian Economics, 2012, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 77-92.
  • “How to Clean Up Tax Expenditures: Either Terminate or Credify,” Tax Notes,  v.133, no.2, 2011 Oct 10, p.217-219.
  • “Great Depression II: Why It Could Happen and How to Prevent It,” Challenge, 54(1), Jan-Feb 2011, pages 32-53.
  • “Overcoming the Fiscal Trilemma with Two Progressive Consumption Tax Supplements.” Public Finance Review, November 2013; vol. 41, #6: pp. 824-851
  • “Keynesian Fiscal Stimulus: What Have We Learned from the Great Recession?” Business Economics,  November 2012.
  • “Keynesian Stimulus versus Classical Austerity.” Review of Keynesian Economics Inaugural Issue, Autumn 2012.
  • “Did the 2008 Rebate Fail? A Response to Taylor and Feldstein” (co-author Kenneth Lewis) Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Winter 2011-12.
  • “Reducing Future Deficits While Stimulating Today’s Economy.” The Economists’ Voice, August 2010.
  • Public Finance, McGraw-Hill, 2009.
  • “A Comment on the Presidential Candidates Tax Plans,” Tax Notes, October 6, 2008, pp. 91-92.
  • “Overcoming the Zero Interest-Rate Bound: A Quantitative Prescription” (with Kenneth A. Lewis) Journal of Policy Modeling, forthcoming.
  • “Reply to: ‘The New Classical Counter-Revolution: False Path or Illuminating Complement?’” (with Kenneth A. Lewis) Eastern Economic Journal Fall 2007.
  • "Fiscal Policy to Counter Recessions: Triggered Transfers to Households" (with Kenneth A. Lewis) in Per Gunnar Berglund and Matias Vernengo (eds.), The Means to Prosperity: Fiscal Policy Reconsidered, Routledge, 2006.
  • Pouring Liberal Wine Into Conservative Bottles.  Lanham, MD:  University Press of America, 2005.
  • “Responsible Health Insurance Revisited: Pouring Liberal Wine Into a Conservative Bottle.” Inquiry, Summer, Volume 42, Number 2,  pp. 118-128, Summer 2005.
  • "Social Security:  What Now?" Tax Notes, January 24, 2005
  • Economics Parables and Policies, M.E. Sharpe, 3rd Edition, July 2004.
  • "Managing a Bulge: Policy Options for Social Security" (with K. Lewis),Public Finance Review July 2004.
  • "A Progressive Value Added Tax: Has Its Time Finally Come?" Tax Notes, June 7, 2004.
  • "Getting Back to the Earned Income Tax Credit:  The Next EITC Reform"  (with Saul D. Hoffman), Tax Notes, Vol. 100, No.11, pp. 1429-1436, 2003.
  • "The Later You Pay, the Higher the K" (with K. Lewis) Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 69, pp.560-77, 2003.
  • Automatic Fiscal Policies to Combat Recessions, M. E. Sharpe, 2003.
  • Helping Working Families:  The Earned Income Tax Credit, (with Saul D. Hoffman), Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI, 2003.

Awards & Honors

  • Grants: The Brookings Institution; The American Enterprise Institute;  The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia;  McCahan Foundation for Research in Economic Security, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
  • Lerner College of Business and Economics Outstanding Scholar Award, 2008


  • Macroeconomics
  • Public Finance

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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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