James Alm is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Tulane University, where he has just stepped down as Chair. 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 ten books, including the just-published Behavioral Responses to 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, Puerto Rico, Nepal, Ukraine, Pakistan, South Africa, and Tunisia. He has served as Editor of Public Finance Review, as well as on editorial boards of numerous journals. He has also served as President of the Southern Economic Association, and he will become President of the National Tax Association in November 2020.