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Joseph J. Persky, PhD




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711 UH


601 S Morgan St.

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(312) 996-2687

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

Selected Publications

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.

Service to Community

Writing an occasional feature on history of thought for Journal of Economic Perspectives


PhD, Harvard University, 1971

Professional Memberships

Writing an occasional feature on history of thought for Journal of Economic Perspectives

Member of the Illinois Council of Economic Advisors

Research Currently in Progress

Economic value of place, Intergenerational transmission of poverty, Utilitarianism