Burton Abrams

Professor of Economics

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 416B Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1900


  • Ph.D., Economics, Ohio State University 1974
  • M.A., Economics, Ohio State University 1972
  • B.S., Economics, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1968
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • Cash for Clunkers: The Uneasy Case for Subsidizing Energy Efficiency (with G. R. Parsons), Milken Institute Review, forthcoming.
  • Is CARS a Clunker? (with G. R. Parsons), The Economist’s Voice, 6(8), 2009.
  • Did Corliss Steam Engines Fuel Urban Growth in the Late Nineteenth Century? Less Sanguine Results (with J. Li and J.G. Mulligan), The Journal of Economic History, 68(4), 2008.
  • "A Rejoinder to 'A commentary on "Does the Fed contribute to a political business cycle?"' Public Choice, 134,2008.
  • “Do Fixed Exchange Rates Fetter Monetary Policy?  A Credit View,” (with Russell Settle)  Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2, Spring 2007.
  • "How Richard Nixon Pressured Arthur Burns: Evidence From the Nixon Tapes," Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 20, No. 4, Fall 2006.
  • "Does the Fed Contribute to the Political Business Cycle?" Public Choice" (with Plamen Iossifov) Public Choice, pp 249-262, Fall 2006.
  • Return to Animal Farm,  Turkish language edition, 2006.
  • “Campaign Finance Reform: A Public Choice Perspective,” (with Russell Settle) Public Choice, Sept. 2004 
  • Burton Abrams (with Plamen Yossifov ). “The importance of property rights for economic outcomes: Lessons from the transfer of productive assets from collective to private ownership in Bulgarian agriculture,”  Proceedings of Enterprise in Transition (Fifth international conference), 2003, pp. 49-51, 2003.

Awards & Honors

  • Who's Who in America, 2001 - present
  • Lerner Scholar Award, 2009
  • Fulbright Professor, University of Split, Split, Croatia, 2002
  • Who's Who in America, 2001
  • Fulbright Professor, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, 1994
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, 1992
  • Fulbright Professor, Nankai University, People's Republic of China, 1985-86
  • National Science Foundation Grant
  • Visiting Staff Economist, Federal Trade Commission , 1984-85
  • National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1978-79
  • Director, Conference on Austrian Economics, University of Delaware
  • Member, Public Choice Society


  • Public Choice
  • Monetary Economics
  • Macroeconomics

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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