Gutgsell Professor, Department of Finance and Institute of Government and Public Affairs
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Areas of Expertise:
- Environmental and energy economics and policy analysis
- Public economics and taxation
- Distributional effects of taxes, social security, and regulations
Fullerton’s early research in public economics focused on computable general equilibrium models of taxation, marginal effective tax rates, the marginal cost of public funds, and distributional effects of taxes on a lifetime basis. His more recent research includes the distributional effects of social security. In environmental and energy economics, Fullerton works on household disposal of garbage and recycling, policies for green design, vehicle emission control policies, carbon taxes, and other policies in the energy sector where direct environmental taxes are not feasible.
Don Fullerton received a BA from Cornell in 1974 and a PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley in 1978. He taught at Princeton University (1978-84), the University of Virginia (1984-91), Carnegie Mellon University (1991-94) and the University of Texas (1994-2008), before joining the University of Illinois in 2008. From 1985 to 1987, he served in the U.S. Treasury Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis.