Tax Policy Center


Harvey Galper

Visiting Fellow

I very much enjoyed my earlier time and research at Urban, so when I had the opportunity to return as a visiting fellow after I retired from consulting, I was pleased to do so. I have not been disappointed. The research staff is superb, and the environment is extremely stimulating.

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Harvey Galper is a visiting fellow in the executive office at the Urban Institute, working with both the Center on International Development and Governance as an advisor to Charles Cadwell and with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. His prior career encompassed work as an academic (Dartmouth College, Georgetown University Law Center, and the University of California, Berkeley); government service (the Federal Reserve Board and the US Department of the Treasury, where he was director of the Office of Tax Analysis); and private-sector economic consulting (KPMG, BearingPoint, Inc., and Deloitte Consulting). For his work at Treasury, Galper received the department’s Meritorious Service Award. He also served on the senior research staff of the Brookings Institution and of the Urban Institute during its early years.

Galper’s primary field of interest is fiscal and tax policy, a subject on which he has coauthored or coedited two books and published more than 40 articles. He has also provided advice on fiscal and tax policy to numerous developing countries around the world, including Curacao, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine. A past president of the National Tax Association, he has also served on its board of directors.

Galper holds a BA in economics from Dartmouth College and a PhD in economics from Yale University.

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