UNH Economics Seminar Examines Commodity Taxation and Market Structure

Contact: Denise Hart
UNH Media Relations

Oct. 20, 2003

DURHAM, N.H. – Gilbert Metcalf, professor and chair of the department of economics at Tufts University, is the featured speaker at the Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, Economics Seminar sponsored by the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics.

Metcalf presents his research, “Oligopoly Deregulation in General Equilibrium: A Tax Neutralization Result,” from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 318 McConnell Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitor parking at UNH is located off Route 155A on Mast Road; a free shuttle bus service is available to campus locations from the visitor center.

Metcalf’s research, in collaboration with George Norman, examines market structure and the relationship between forms of commodity taxation in a general equilibrium model where businesses produce differentiated products and exert market power. Their analysis takes into account market deregulation and technological change.

Metcalf is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves on the board of editors of the American Economic Review and the editorial board of the Berkeley Electronic Journals in Economic Analysis and Policy. He has served as a consultant to the Chinese Ministry of Finance, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Argonne National Laboratory and others.
The Economics Seminar series is a weekly event of the Whittemore School’s graduate degree program in economics that highlights the research of the school’s faculty, graduate studentsand visiting academics.

For more information, contact Karen Conway, at 862-3386 or ksconway@cisunix.unh.edu. Advance copies of Metcalf’s paper are available by contacting Sinthy Kounlasa at 862-3457 or sinthy.kounlasa@unh.edu.