Burton Abrams

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Title Professor Emeritus of Economics
Email abramsb@nospam661c7047ed4d7.udel.edu


  • Ph.D. in economics, Ohio State University, 1974
  • M.A. in economics, Ohio State University, 1972
  • B.S. in economics, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1968

Select Publications

  • “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
  • “The importance of property rights for economic outcomes: Lessons from the transfer of productive assets from collective to private ownership in Bulgarian agriculture,” (with Plamen Yossifov ) 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

Curriculum Vitae

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