John W. Diamond

John W. Diamond

Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance
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My current research focuses on economic effects of individual and corporate tax reform. This includes examining the effects of base-broadening, rate-reducing reforms of the individual income tax as well as alternative policies for dealing with the long term debt crisis in the U.S. In addition, I am focused on pension reform issues and the broader implications of public employee pensions on state and local budgets.


John W. Diamond, Ph.D., is the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at the Baker Institute, an adjunct professor of economics at Rice University and CEO of Tax Policy Advisers, LLC. His research interests are federal tax and expenditure policy, state and local public finance, and the construction and simulation of computable general equilibrium models. His current research focuses on the economic effects of corporate tax reform, the economic and distributional effects of fundamental tax reform, individual portfolio allocation in the 2000s, and various other tax policy issues. He is co-editor of "Pathways to Fiscal Reform in the United States" (The MIT Press, 2015) and “Fundamental Tax Reform: Issues, Choices and Implications” (The MIT Press, 2008). Diamond is the forum editor for the National Tax Journal and has served on the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, United States Congress (2000-2004). He has also served as a consultant on the efficacy of structural adjustment programs to the World Bank. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in 2000.

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