John E Anderson

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John E Anderson

Baird Family Professor of Economics
Contact Information

CBA 348
P.O. Box 880489
Lincoln, NE 68588-0489
Phone: +1-402-472-1190
Fax: +1-402-472-9700

Joined the college in 1991.

  • International – Europe, Central Asia, China
  • Property Taxation
  • Tax Policy
  • Urban Economics
  • Public Finance
Ph.D. in Economics, Claremont Graduate School B.A. in Mathematics and Economics, Western Michigan University
Research Interests
Federal Tax Policy
State and Local Tax Policy
Property Taxation
Urban Economics
Housing Economics
Fiscal Reform Transition Economics
Teaching Interests
Public Finance, Microeconomic Theory
Published In
National Tax Journal, Public Finance, Public Finance Review, International Tax and Public Finance, Land Economics, Journal of Housing Economics, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Resource and Energy Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Papers in Regional Science Assessment, Journal Property Tax Journal, Faith and Economics, Applied Economics Letters, International Journal of Applied Economics, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade
Refereed Publications
"Income-Based Property Tax Relief: Circuit Breaker Tax Expenditures." Public Finance and Management, Volume 14, Number 2 (June), 2014

"Government Debt and Deficits." Faith & Economics, Number 61/62 (Spring/Fall) 2013.

Agricultural Use-Value Property Tax Assessment: Estimation and Policy Issues." Public Budgeting & Finance, Volume 32, Number 4 (December) 2012, pp. 71-94.

"State Tax Rankings: What Do They and Don't they Tell Us?" National Tax Journal, Volume 65, Number 4 (December) 2012.

"US Tax Acts and their Effects on Average Tax Rates." Applied Economics Letters, Volume 20, Number 2 (May) 2012, pp. 131-134. 

"Financing Urban Development in China." The Chinese Economy, Volume 42, Number 2 (March-April) 2009, pp. 48-62.

"Capping the Mortgage Interest Deduction," National Tax Journal, Volume 50, Number 4 (December) 2007, pp. 769-85. (with Jeffrey Clemens and Andrew Hanson)

"Public Education Cost Frontier Models: Theory and an Application." Journal of Education Research, Volume 1, Number 1 (January) 2007, pp. 93-118. (with Md. Mahbubul Kabir)

"Housing Tax Deductions and Single-Family Housing Demand." International Journal of Applied Economics, Volume 3, Number 1 (March) 2006. (with Atrayee Ghosh Roy and James R. Schmidt)

"Taxes and Fees as Forms of Land Use Regulation." Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Volume 31, Number 4 (October) 2005, pp. 413-427.

"A Biblical and Economic Analysis of Jubilee Property Provisions." Faith and Economics, Number 46 (Fall) 2005, pp. 25-41.

"Tax Evasion on Gratuities: A Model and Test." Public Finance Review, Volume 22, Number 4 (July) 2005, pp. 466-487. (with Őrn Bodvarsson)

"Do Higher Tipped Minimum Wages Boost Server Pay?" Applied Economics Letters, Volume 12, Number 7 (June) 2005, pp. 391-393. (with Őrn Bodvarsson)

"Casino Taxation." National Tax Journal, Volume 58, Number 2 (June) 2005, pp. 303-324.

"On Privatizing State Property." Economic Problems/Вопросы Экономики, 12 (December) 2004, pp. 54-70. (in Russian)

"Tax Offsets or Netting Operations in Post-Soviet Public Finance." Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Volume 39, Number 3 (May-June) 2003, pp. 27-41.

"Confidence Intervals for the Suits Index." National Tax Journal, Volume 56, Number 1 Part 1 (March) 2003, pp. 81-90. (with Atrayee Ghosh Roy and Paul Shoemaker)

"Emerging Housing Markets in Moldova." Journal of Housing Economics, Volume 10, Number 3 (September) 2001, pp. 419-428.

"Eliminating Housing Tax Preferences: A Distributional Analysis." Journal of Housing Economics, Volume 10, Number 1 (March) 2001, pp. 41-58. (with Atrayee Ghosh Roy)

"Bidding for Business: New Evidence on the Effect of Economic Development Incentives in a Metropolitan Area." Economic Development Quarterly, Volume 15, Number 2 (May) 2001, pp. 132-148. (with Robert W. Wassmer)

"Use-Value Assessment Tax Expenditures in Urban Areas." Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 48, Number 3 (November) 2000, pp. 443-452. (with Marlon F. Griffing).

"Measuring Use-Value Assessment Tax Expenditures." Assessment Journal, January/February 2000, pp. 25-37. (with Marlon F. Griffing).

"Two-Rate Property Tax Effects on Land Development." Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Volume 18, Number 2 (April) 1999, pp. 181-190.

"Fiscal Decentralization and Government Size: An International Test for Leviathan Accounting for Unmeasured Economic Activity." International Tax and Public Finance, Volume 5 (May) 1998, pp. 175-90. (with Hendrik van den Berg).

"The Decision to 'Bid for Business': Municipal Behavior in Granting Property Tax Abatements." Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 25, Number 6 (December) 1995, pp. 739-757. (with Robert W. Wassmer)

"State Tax Credits and Land Use: Policy Analysis of Circuit-Breaker Effects." Resource and Energy Economics, Volume 15, Number 3 (September) 1993, pp. 295-312.

"Use-Value Property Tax Assessment: Effects on Land Development." Land Economics, Volume 69, Number 3 (August) 1993, pp. 263-269.

"Urban Land Development, Externalities, and Pigouvian Taxes." Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 33, Number 1 (January) 1993, pp. 1-9.

"Land Development Timing: Effects of Uncertainty in Income and Tax Policy." Papers in Regional Science, Volume 71, Number 1 (January) 1992, pp. 45-52.

"Property Tax Base Income Elasticities: Pooled Estimation of Partial and Total Income Effects." Property Tax Journal, Volume 10, Number 2 (June) 1991, pp. 157-172.

"Tax Increment Financing: Municipal Adoption and Growth." National Tax Journal, Volume 43, Number 2 (June) 1990, pp. 155-164.

"Review of Property Taxes and House Values." (by J. Yinger, H. Bloom, A. Bőrsch-Supan, and H. Ladd, Academic Press, 1988), Journal of Economic Literature, Volume 28, Number 1 (March) 1990, pp. 98-100.

"Agricultural Property Tax Relief: Tax Credits, Tax Rates, and Land Values." Land Economics, Volume 65, Number 1 (February) 1989, pp. 13-22. (with Howard C. Bunch)

"Review of The Parameters of Urban Fiscal Policy." (by T. J. McDonald, University of California Press, 1986) Southern Economic Journal, Volume 55, Number 1 (July) 1988, p.225-226.

"Property Taxes and the Timing of Urban Land Development." Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 16, Number 4 (December) 1986, pp. 483-492.

"On Testing the Convexity of Hedonic Price Functions." Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 18, Number 3 (November) 1985, pp. 334-337.

"The Changing Structure of a City: Temporal Changes in Cubic Spline Urban Density Functions." Journal of Regional Science, Volume 25 (August) 1985, pp. 413-425.

"Estimating Generalized Urban Density Functions." Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 18, Number 1 (July) 1985, pp. 1-10.

"Review of Rebuilding America's Cities: Roads to Recovery." (P. Porter and D. Sweet, eds., Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University, 1984) Southern Economic Journal, Volume 53, Number 1 (July) 1985, pp. 282-284.

"The Choice Between Income Tax and Land Tax in Danish Municipalities: A Comment." Public Finance/Finances Publiques, Volume 39, Number 2 (June) 1985, pp. 292-295.

"Cubic Spline Urban Density Functions." Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 12, Number 2 (September) 1982, pp. 155-167.

"A Comparison of the Predictive Ability of OLS and RIDGE Coefficients in Property Valuation." Property Tax Journal, Volume 16, Number 4 (December) 1981, pp. 187-193.

"Ridge Estimation of House Value Determinants." Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 9, Number 3 (May) 1981, pp. 286-297.

"Ridge Regression: A New Regression Technique Useful to Appraisers and Assessors." The Real Estate Appraiser and Analyst, Volume 45, Number 6 (November/December) 1979, pp. 48-51.
Distinguished Faculty Award, UNL, College of Business Administration Advisory Board, 2007

Alumni Achievement Award, Western Michigan University Economics Professor of the Year, Omicron Delta Epsilon

UNL Distinguished Teaching Award

UNL Association of Comparative Economic Studies--winner of paper competition Urban Land Institute--winner of paper competition

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