James Alm is Chair of the Department of Economics at Tulane University. Previously, he was Regents Professor in the Department of Economics at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as Chair of the Department and Dean of the School. He has also taught at Syracuse University and at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his master's degree in economics at the University of Chicago and his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His teaching and research are in the area of public economics. Much of his research has examined the responses of individuals and firms to taxation, in such areas as tax compliance, the tax treatment of the family, income reporting, tax reform, the line item veto, social security, housing, indexation, and tax and expenditure limitations. His work has been published in leading economics journals, and he is the author of nine books, including the just-published The Economics of Taxation. He has also worked extensively on fiscal and decentralization reforms overseas, including projects in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jamaica, Grenada, Turkey, Egypt, Hungary, China, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Uganda, Nigeria, India, Colombia, Nepal, Ukraine, Pakistan, South Africa, and Tunisia. He is currently Editor of Public Finance Review and an Associate Editor of Review of Economics of the Household and economics-ejournal.