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Michigan Ross’ Joel Slemrod Honored as Distinguished University Professor for 2021


Ross School of Business Professor Joel Slemrod has received one of the University of Michigan’s highest honors, being named a Distinguished University Professor.

The Board of Regents approved Slemrod’s appointment along with four others on July 15. They are effective Sept. 1, last throughout the recipient’s period of active service at U-M, and may be retained after retirement.

The Distinguished University Professorships were established in 1947 to recognize senior faculty with exceptional scholarly or creative achievements; national and international reputations for academic excellence; and superior records of teaching, mentoring, and service. Each professorship bears a name determined by the appointed professor in consultation with his or her dean.

Distinguished University Professors are invited to give an inaugural lecture early in their appointments.

Slemrod was appointed the David Bradford Distinguished University Professor of Economics. He is also the Paul W. McCracken Professor of Business Economics and professor of business economics and public policy in the Ross School of Business; and professor of economics in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

In their recommendation letter, Susan M. Collins, U-M provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Michael Solomon, Rackham Graduate School dean and vice provost for academic affairs, wrote, “Professor Slemrod is a leading global authority on the design and effects of tax policies. He has made numerous path-breaking contributions to almost every area of inquiry related to taxation. He has demonstrated how tax policies affect the behavior of households and firms, and his insights have both shaped academic understanding of taxation and contributed to the structure of government tax practices worldwide.”

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