Dr. John Anderson is the Baird family professor of economics at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Western Michigan University and his Ph.D. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Anderson is an economist and an advisor to public policymakers in the field of public finance, fiscal reform, and tax policy.
His academic research and policy advising has been published in more than one hundred journal articles, books, book chapters, and government reports. A new edition of his textbook, Public Finance: Theory and Policy, used by students around the world, was published by Cengage Learning in 2012.
Dr. Anderson served as a senior economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in Washington, DC, in 2005-06. He has also advised state governors and legislatures, and numerous state agencies in the United States. He is currently a Visiting Fellow with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA, and conducting research on property taxation.
Internationally, Dr. Anderson has served as a technical advisor on fiscal reform projects and local government reform projects in Moldova, Montenegro, and Macedonia. He has taught and provided educational reform and curriculum advising to universities in Bulgaria, China, Russia, Mongolia, and Tajikistan. In recent years he has been a Visiting Scholar at the Peking University—Lincoln Institute Center in Beijing, conducting research on Chinese municipalities and their public finances.