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Thomas RÖMER


Thomas RÖMER, Hungarian economist in the field of Social Choice; Bureaucratic Performance; Fiscal Theory and Policy; Public Finance; Urban Economics and Public Policy. Joint Council Economics Education Award, 1975; Duncan Black Award, Public Choice Society, 1980.


RÖMER, Thomas was born in 1947 in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary.


Bachelor of Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., USA, 1968. MPhil, Doctor of Philosophy Yale University, 1971, 1974.


Lector, Assistant Professor, University Western Ontario, 1972-1975. Assistant Professor, Association Professor, Professor, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1975-1980. Visiting Economics, United States Federal Trade Commission, Washington, 1979-1980.

Professor Economics and Political Economics, Graduate School Industrial Administration, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America, since 1981. Co-editor, Carnegie Papers on Political Economy (since 1980).


  • Joint Council Economics Education Award, 1975. Duncan Black Award, Public Choice Society, 1980.


The focus of my research has been the interaction of market and nonmarket forces in re source allocation, particularly in the political economy of the public sector. This has involved both theoretical work and empirical (econometric, experimental) investigation. Early work dealt with determinants of income tax rates, using a highly streamlined representation of the political process.

The structure of political decision-making is modelled in greater detail in my work on local public spending (in collaboration with H. Rosenthal), where considerations of agenda control and asymmetric and incomplete information play important roles. Most recently, I have begun detailed analysis of the connections between political campaign finance and political/economic outcomes. Another developing interest is the relationship between legal processes (dispute resolution) and product markets (particularly warranties).