Joseph J. Persky


Ph.D., Harvard University, 1971


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

Selected Recent Research: 
Joseph Persky and Wim Wiewel, “Urban Decentralization, Suburbanization and Sprawl: An Equity Perspective,” in Nancy Brooks, Kieran Donaghy, and Gerrit Knaap (eds.), Oxford Handbook on Planning and Urban Economics (forthcoming).

“Rawls’s Thin (Millean) Defense of Private Property,” Utilitas, 22:2, 2010, pp. 134-147.

Joseph Persky and Daniel Felsenstein, “Job Chains and Wage Curves: Worker Mobility and Marshallian Surpluses in Evaluating  Local Employment Growth,” Journal of Regional Science, 48:5, 2008, pp. 921-940.

Gilbert Bassett and Joseph Persky “Conceptualizing Risk and Inequality,” Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 28:1  2006, 81-93.

“Do Federal Spending and Tax Policies Build Cities or Promote Sprawl?” (with Haydar Kurban), Regional Science and Urban Economics, 33:3, 2003, pp. 361-378.

Joseph Persky, Daniel Felsenstein, and Virginia Carlson, Does “Trickle Down” Work? Economic Development Strategies and Job Chains in Local Labor Markets (Kalamazoo, MI: Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2004)

Current Research Interests: 
Redistribution through the Financing of Public Education;

Evaluation of Economic Development Projects;


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

Member of the Illinois Council of Economic Advisors

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