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Paul N. Courant

Paul N. Courant

Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Professor of Economics; and Professor of Information

Phone: (734) 763-2499
Office: Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
735 S. State St. #5318
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
E-mail: pnc@umich.edu

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Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Environment
  • Tax and Public Finance
  • _Domestic Policy
  • _Human Rights
  • _Leadership

Educational Background:

BA in History, Swarthmore College (1968)
MA in Economics, Princeton University (1973)
PhD in Economics, Princeton University (1974)


Paul Courant has served as provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, as associate provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, as chair of the Department of Economics, and as director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (predecessor of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy). He served as a senior staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers from 1979 to 1980.

Courant has authored half a dozen books, and over seventy papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy. Most recently, his academic work has considered the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the effects of new information technologies and other disruptions on scholarship, scholarly publication, and academic libraries.


American Economic Association
Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management
National Tax Association
American Library Association

Academic Appointments:

  • Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Department of Economics
  • School of Information