Joseph J. Persky


Ph.D., Harvard University, 1971



Fields of Interest : 
Urban and Regional Economics; History of Thought; Public Finance; Radical Political Economy

Selected Papers:

History of Thought:

The Political Economy of Progress: John Stuart Mill and Modern Radicalism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)

“Producer Co-operatives in 19th Century British Economic Thought,” European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 24:2, 2017, pp. 319-340.

Kirsten Madden and Joseph Persky, “The Economic Thought of the Women’s Co-operative Guild,” in Routledge Handbook of the History of Women’s Economic Thought, Kirsten Madden (ed.), Routledge, 2018. 


Urban and Regional Economics:

Haydar Kurban, Ryan Gallagher and Joseph Persky, “Estimating Local Suburban Redistribution in Property-Tax-Funded School Systems,” National Tax Journal, 65:3, 2012, pp. 629–652.

Ryan Gallagher, Haydar Kurban and Joseph Persky “Small Homes, Public Schools, and Property Tax Capitalization,”Regional Science and Urban Economics, 43:2, 2013, pp. 422-428.

Haydar Kurban, Ryan Gallagher and Joseph Persky “"Demographic Changes and Education Expenditures: A Reinterpretation," Economics of Education Review, 45, 2015, pp. 103-108.

Ryan Gallagher, Robert Kaestner and Joseph Persky, “The Geography of Family Differences and Intergenerational Mobility,” Journal of Economic Geography, forthcoming.

Current Research Interests: 
Economic value of place

Intergenerational transmission of poverty


Other Significant Accomplishments:
Writing an occasional feature on history of thought for Journal of Economic Perspectives

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