Professor James R. Hines, Jr. has been awarded the 2017 Daniel M. Holland Medal for "lifetime achievement in the study of the theory and practice of public finance." He is the second youngest person ever to receive the Holland medal (Jim Poterba of MIT and NBER was the youngest).

Hines is the Richard A. Musgrave Collegiate Professor of Economics, the L. Hart Wright Collegiate Professor of Law, and serves as the research director of the Office of Tax Policy Research in U-M's Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

What is the Daniel M. Holland Medal?

The Daniel M. Holland Medal was created in 1993 in the memory of Dan Holland, a Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, who was an internationally recognized researcher, teacher, and practitioner in public finance. Holland wrote several books and numerous articles on a wide range of topics in taxation, including issues related to business taxes, property and land taxes, dividend taxation, pension funds, tax evasion, and the integration of business and personal income taxes; he also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, foreign governments, and private companies. Dan was a leading figure in the National Tax Association for many years, serving as president in 1988–1989 and as editor of the National Tax Journal for 25 years from 1966–1991.

The Holland Medal, which is the most prestigious award given by the NTA, recognizes lifetime achievement in the study of the theory and practice of public finance. A committee of NTA members selected by the Board of Directors chooses the recipient and the medal is awarded at the Annual Conference on Taxation.

Joel Slemrod was awarded the Holland medal in 2012. With two faculty recipients, U-M joins the ranks of the select few institutions with multiple winners: Harvard University (5), Columbia University (3), and University of California-Berkeley (2).