Marcus Berliant

Professor of Economics
Director of Graduate Studies in Economics
PhD, UC Berkeley
research interests:
  • Public Finance
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Urban Economics
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  • Washington University
  • CB 1208
  • One Brookings Drive
  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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Professor Berliant's teaching and research fields include Economic Theory / Mathematical Economics, Public Economics / Public Finance, Urban Economics / Location Theory, Microeconomics, Positive Political Theory, and Econometrics.

Berliant served on the faculty of the University of Rochester prior to his arrival at Washington University in 1994. He has supervised 36 PhD dissertations, placing students at institutions such as Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Illinois. He has also served as a staff member for Congress. He was elected a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International in 2005. Current research and teaching interests include public finance, economic theory, and urban economics. Topics currently under study are the politics of income taxation, the microstructure of knowledge creation, and the location and growth of cities. Publications include "Income Taxes and the Provision of Public Goods: Existence of an Optimum" (with Frank Page), Econometrica, "Regional Science: The State of the Art" (with T. ten Raa), Regional Science and Urban Economics, "A Foundation of Location Theory: Existence of Equilibrium, the Welfare Theorems and Core" (with K. Dunz), Journal of Mathematical Economics, and "State and Federal Tax Equity: Estimates Before and After the Tax Reform Act of 1986" (with R. Strauss), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Professor Berliant received two Outstanding Faculty Mentor awards for his work with graduate students and the 2003 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

Selected Publications

  • "Measuring the Distribution of Personal Taxes," with R.P. Strauss in What Role for Government? ed. by R. Zeckhauser and D. Leebaert (Duke University Press, 1982).
  • "A Characterization of the Demand for Land," Journal of Economic Theory 33 (1984) 289-300.
  • "Equilibrium Models with Land: A Criticism and an Alternative," Regional Science and Urban Economics 15 (1985) 325-340.
  • "The Horizontal and Vertical Equity Characteristics of the Federal Individual Income Tax, 1966-1977," with R.P. Strauss in Horizontal Equity, Uncertainty, and Economic Well-Being ed. by M. David and T. Smeeding (NBER/University of Chicago Press, 1985).
  • "An Equilibrium Existence Result for an Economy with Land," Journal of Mathematical Economics 14 (1985) 53-56.


Appendix to "Knowledge Diversity and Economic Growth"

Appendix to "Knowledge Creation as a Square Dance on the Hilbert Cube"+

Appendix to "Labor Differentiation and Agglomeration in General Equilibrium"