Wallance Eugene OATES, economist in the field of Fiscal Theory and Policy; State and Local Government Finance; Conservation and Pollution. National Science Foundation, USA Fellow, 1963-1965; Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, 1974-1975; Fulbright-Hays Research Scholar, 1974-1975; Board of Dirs., Association of Environmental and Resource Economics,
OATES, Wallance Eugene was born in 1937 in Los Angeles, California, United States of America.
Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy Stanford University 1959, 1965.
Professor of Economics, Princeton University, 1965-1979. Visiting Fellow, Linacre Coli. Oxford, 1971, London School of Economies and Political Science, London, United Kingdom, 1974-1975.
Professor of Economics, University Maryland, Coli. Park, Maryland, United States of America, since 1979. Editorial Board, National Tax 7., since 1972, Public Finance Quarterly, since 1973.
My early work in fiscal federalism attempted to provide a systematic and comprehensive view of the vertical structure of the public sector. Fiscal Federalism explores the basic issues of the assignment of functions to different levels of government, the use of fiscal instruments including intergovenmental grants to achieve public-sector objectives, and the empirical testing of a series of hypotheses concerning federal fiscal structure. My subsequent work in this area has examined various issues in State and local finance: theorectical and empirical studies of local government behaviour, studies of State-local tax structure, and the analysis of urban fiscal problems.
More recently, I have devoted much of my research effort to environmental economics with a primary interest in the design and implementation of economic incentives for protection of the environment.
This work includes the theoretical analysis of externalities and more policy-oriented studies of systems of effluent fees and of marketable pollution rights for environmental management.