Joseph J. Cordes

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Joseph J. Cordes

Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs; Co-Director of the GWU Regulatory Studies Center

Full-time Faculty


Office Phone: 202-994-5826
Fax: 202-994-6792

Professor Cordes received his Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1977. He has been on the faculty of The George Washington University since 1975. He was a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, US Treasury Department in 1980-81. From 1989-1991 he was Deputy Assistant Director for Tax Analysis at the Congressional Budget Office. Professor Cordes currently directs the University's Ph.D. Program in Public Policy, and is an Associate Scholar at the Urban Institute. Professor Cordes is a member of the National Tax Association, and the American Economic Association.

Dr. Cordes is co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Taxation and Tax Policy (Urban Institute Press). He has published articles on tax policy, government regulation, and government spending in Economic InquiryJournal of Economic PerspectivesJournal of Public EconomicsJournal of FinanceJournal of Law and EconomicsNational Tax JournalPublic FinanceResearch PolicyEastern Economic JournalJournal of Policy Analysis and ManagementJournal of Urban EconomicsSpace Policy, and the American Economic Review. He has been a contributor to The Economics of Technological Change on Employment and Growth (Ballinger), State Taxation of Business (Praeger), Labor Market Adjustments in the Pacific Basin (Kluwer-Nijhof), Cooperative Research and Development: The Industry-University-Government Relationship (Kluwer-Nijhof), and Readings in Public Policy (Basil Blackwell).

Public finance, taxation, corporation financial policy.

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

ECON 2161 Public Finance I

ECON 2162 Public Finance II

ECON 6221 Economics in Policy Analysis

ECON 6222 Benefit–Cost Analysis

ECON 8363 Public Finance I

ECON 8364 Public Finance II