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  • Wassmer, R.W. 2010. California's State and Local Revenue Structure After Proposition 13: Is Denial an Appropriate Way to Cope?" In State and Local Fiscal Policy: Thinking Outside the Box, edited by . Edward Elgar.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 2010. The Effect of Commuter Taxes in U.S. Metropolitan Areas. In Urban and Regional Policy and its Effects, edited by H. Wiel and H. Wolman. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution/Urban Institute.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 2009. The Increasing Use of Property Tax Abatement as a Means of Promoting State and Local Economic Activity in the United States. In Erosion of the Property Tax Base: Trends, Causes, and Consequences, edited by N. Augustine, M. Bell, D. Brunori and J. Youngman, 221-259. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

  • Wassmer, R.W., T. Lascher and S. Kroll. 2009. Sub-National Fiscal Activity as a Determinant of Individual Happiness: Ideology Matters. Journal of Happiness Studies 10: 563-.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 2008. Does a More Centralized Urban Form Raise Housing Prices?" Journal of Policy Analysis and Management : 439-462.

  • Wassmer, R.W. and S. Catron. 2008. Beyond The Basics: The Effects Of Non-Core Curricular Enrichments On Standardized Test Scores At High Schools. Michigan Journal of Public Affairs 27: 536-555.

  • Wassmer, R.W., K. Chalmers and W. Schwarm. 2008. What Determines Whether a Manufacturing Firm Locates and Remains in California?" California Politics and Policy 12: 27-50.

  • Wassmer, R. 2008. Causes of Urban Sprawl in the United States. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 27: 536-555.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 2007. Community Planning Councils as a Way to Satisfy the Tieboutian Drive for Local Control. In Proceedings of the 100th Annual Conference on Taxation, 379-391. Columbus: National Tax Association.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 2006. The Influence of Local Urban Containment Policies and Statewide Growth Management on the Size of United States Urban Areas. Journal of Regional Science: 25-66.

  • Wassmer, R.W. and T. Lascher. 2006. Who Supports Local Growth and Regional Planning to Deal with Its Consequences. Urban Affairs Review: 621-645.

  • Basss, M. and R. Wassmer. 2006. Does a More Centralized Urban Form Raise Housing Prices? Journal of Policy Analysis and Management: 439-462.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 2005. Commuter Taxes. In Encyclopedia of Taxation and Tax Policy, edited by . Urban Institute.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 2005. An Economic View of the Causes as Well as the Costs and Some of the Benefits of Urban Spatial Segregation. In Desegregating the City: Ghettos, Enclaves, and Inequality, edited by , 158-174. State University of New York Press.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 2004. Lessons from California's Public Elementary Schools Where Performance Exceeds Expectations. California Politics and Policy 8: 44-68.

  • Wassmer, R. and T. Hungerford. 2004. K-12 Education in the U.S. Economy. National Education Association Research Department.

  • Moore, C., R. Wassmer and N. Shulock. 2004. Effect of Racial/Ethnic Composition on Transfer Rates in Community Colleges. Research in Higher Education 45: 651-672.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 2003. Urban Devolution and Metropolitan Local Governance in California's Next Half Century of Growth. In Building a Civil Society: Separate Geographies, Shared Destinies, edited by A. Modares and E. Aleman, 67-95. Los Angeles: Pat Brown Institute.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 2003. The Influence of Local Fiscal Choices and Growth Control Choices on Bog-Box Sprawl in the American West. In The Property Tax, Land Use, and Land Use Regulation, edited by D. Netzer, 88-121. EDward Elgar Press.

  • Fisher, R. and R. Wassmer. 2002. Interstate Variation in the Use of Fees To Fund K-12 Public Education. Economics of Education Review 21: 87-100.

  • Wassmer, R. 2002. Fiscalisation of Land Use, Urban Growth Boundaries and Non-central Retail Sprawl in the Western United States. Urban Studies.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 2001. Bidding for Business: New Evidence on the Effect of Locally Offered Economic Development Incentives in a Metropolitan Area. Economic Development Quarterly 15: 132-148.

  • Wassmer, Robert William. 2000. Readings in Urban Economics: Issues and Public Policy. Blackwell.

  • Wassmer, Robert William and John Anderson. 2000. Bidding for Business: The Efficacy of Local Economic Development Incentives in a Metropolitan Area. Kalamazoo: Upjohn Institute.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 1999. Are Local Economic Development Incentives Effective in an Urban Area?" In Proceedings of the 92nd Annual Conference on Taxati, 469-480. Atlanta: National Tax Association.

  • Grossman, P., P. Mavros and R. Wassmer. 1999. Public Sector Technical Inefficiency in Large U.S. Cities. Journal of Urban Economics 46: 278-299.

  • Fisher, R. and R. Wassmer. 1998. Economic Influences on the Structure of Local Government in U.S. Metropolitan Areas. Journal of Urban Economics: 444-471.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 1997. Thoughts on Innovative Financing Options for Urban Governments. In Proceedings of the 90th Annual Conference on Taxation, 387-392. Chicago: National Tax Association.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 1997. School Finance Reform: Proposals, Prospects, and Public Opinion Formation. Public Finance Review 25: 393-425.

  • Wassmer, R.W. and R. Fisher. 1996. An Evaluation of the Recent Move to Centralize the Finance of Public Schools in Michigan. Public Budgeting and Finance 16: 90-112.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 1995. The Decision to ‘Bid for Business’: Municipal Behavior in Granting Property Tax Abatements. Regional Science and Urban Economics 25: 739-757.

  • Wassmer, R. and R. Fisher. 1995. Centralizing Educational Responsibility in Michigan and Other States. National Tax Journal 48: 417-428.

  • Bhattacharyya, D. and R. Wassmer. 1995. Fiscal Dynamics of Local Elected Officials. .

  • Wassmer, R. 1994. Can Local Incentives Alter a Metropolitan City's Economic Development. Urban Studies.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 1993. The Use and Abuse of Economic Development Incentives in a Metropolitan Area. In Proceedings of the 86th Annual Conference on Taxation, 146-157. St. Paul: National Tax Association.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 1993. Property Taxation, Property Base, and Property Value: An Empirical Test of the New View,." National Tax Journal: 135-160.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 1992. Property Tax Abatement and the Simultaneous Determination of Local Fiscal Variables in a Metropolitan Area. Land Economics 68: 263-282.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 1992. Optimal Mortgage Design When Transaction Costs Constrain Mobility. Journal of Housing Economics 2: 17-36.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 1990. Taxes, Property Tax Abatement, Expenditure, and the Composition of Property Bases in Communities Within a Metropolitan Area. In Proceedings of the 83rd Annual Conference on Taxation, 132-140. Columbus: National Tax Association.

  • Wassmer, R.W. 1990. Local Fiscal Variables and Intrametropolitan Firm Location: Regression Evidence from the United States and Research Suggestions. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 8: 283-296.

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Educational Background

  • 1989 – Ph.D., Michigan State University (Economics)

  • 1985 – M.A., Binghamton University (Economics)

  • 1983 – B.S., Oakland University (Economics)

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