Laurence Seidman

Chaplin Tyler Professor of Economics

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 411 Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1917


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Berkeley 1974
  • A.B., Social Studies, Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude, 1968
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • “Overcoming the Fiscal Trilemma with Two Progressive Consumption Tax Supplements.” Public Finance Review, Vol. 30(5) September/October 2008, p751-60.
  • “Keynesian Fiscal Stimulus: What Have We Learned from the Great Recession?” Business Economics,  November 2012.
  • “Keynesian Stimulus versus Classical Austerity.” Review of Keynesian Economics Inaugural Issue, Autumn 2012.
  • “Did the 2008 Rebate Fail? A Response to Taylor and Feldstein” (co-author Kenneth Lewis) Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Winter 2011-12.
  • “Reducing Future Deficits While Stimulating Today’s Economy.” The Economists’ Voice, August 2010.
  • Public Finance, McGraw-Hill, 2009.
  • “A Comment on the Presidential Candidates Tax Plans,” Tax Notes, October 6, 2008, pp. 91-92.
  • “Overcoming the Zero Interest-Rate Bound: A Quantitative Prescription” (with Kenneth A. Lewis) Journal of Policy Modeling, forthcoming.
  • “Reply to: ‘The New Classical Counter-Revolution: False Path or Illuminating Complement?’” (with Kenneth A. Lewis) Eastern Economic Journal Fall 2007.
  • "Fiscal Policy to Counter Recessions: Triggered Transfers to Households" (with Kenneth A. Lewis) in Per Gunnar Berglund and Matias Vernengo (eds.), The Means to Prosperity: Fiscal Policy Reconsidered, Routledge, 2006.
  • Pouring Liberal Wine Into Conservative Bottles.  Lanham, MD:  University Press of America, 2005.
  • “Responsible Health Insurance Revisited: Pouring Liberal Wine Into a Conservative Bottle.” Inquiry, Summer, Volume 42, Number 2,  pp. 118-128, Summer 2005.
  • "Social Security:  What Now?" Tax Notes, January 24, 2005
  • Economics Parables and Policies, M.E. Sharpe, 3rd Edition, July 2004.
  • "Managing a Bulge: Policy Options for Social Security" (with K. Lewis),Public Finance Review July 2004.
  • "A Progressive Value Added Tax: Has Its Time Finally Come?" Tax Notes, June 7, 2004.
  • "Getting Back to the Earned Income Tax Credit:  The Next EITC Reform"  (with Saul D. Hoffman), Tax Notes, Vol. 100, No.11, pp. 1429-1436, 2003.
  • "The Later You Pay, the Higher the K" (with K. Lewis) Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 69, pp.560-77, 2003.
  • Automatic Fiscal Policies to Combat Recessions, M. E. Sharpe, 2003.
  • Helping Working Families:  The Earned Income Tax Credit, (with Saul D. Hoffman), Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI, 2003.

Awards & Honors

  • Grants: The Brookings Institution; The American Enterprise Institute;  The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia;  McCahan Foundation for Research in Economic Security, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
  • Lerner College of Business and Economics Outstanding Scholar Award, 2008


  • Macroeconomics
  • Public Finance

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

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