Edward M. Gramlich Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy Emeritus, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus
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Paul N. Courant is Edward M. Gramlich Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy Emeritus, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Professor Emeritus of Information, and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. From 2002-2005 he served as Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer of the University, He has also served as the Associate Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Chair of the Department of Economics and Director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (which is now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy). In 1979 and 1980 he was a Senior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers.
Courant has authored half a dozen books and over seventy papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy, including tax policy, local economic development, gender differences in pay, housing, radon and public health, relationships between economic growth and environmental policy, and university budgeting systems. More recently, he has been studying the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the changes in the system of scholarly communication that derive from new information technologies. Courant is currently Principal Investigator on an Andrew W. Mellon Grant to develop a data system that will enable improved study of liberal arts education and its effects
Professor Courant holds a BA in History from Swarthmore College (1968); an MA in Economics from Princeton University (1973); and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University (1974).
- Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
- Professor, School of Information
- Higher Education Policy
- Academic Libraries and Publishing
- Copyright and Information Policy