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Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato, Research Professor

Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato
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Office Location:  235 Social Sciences Bldg, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-1894
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Ph.D.University of California - Berkeley2012

Public Economics
Urban and Real Estate Economics
Research Interests: public finance, tax urban economics, public economics

Suárez Serrato's research analyzes the effects of federal and state taxation and spending policies on local economic outcomes with an emphasis on the location decisions of both firms and individuals. His dissertation analyzed the short- and long-term effects of government spending on local economics outcomes. This research agenda proposes a new identification strategy to measure the causal impacts of government spending, provides new estimates of important policy-relevant parameters such as the income multiplier, and develops a framework for measuring the welfare effects of providing government services. More recently, his work has analyzed the effects of state corporate taxes on firm location and the resulting equilibrium incidence on wages and profits. His current work analyzes the aggregate misallocation resulting from state taxation as well the effects of public sector unionization on the provision of local public goods.

Areas of Interest:

Public Economics
Applied Microeconomics
Experimental Economics


Tax • Finance • Public • Labor • Policy


Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Suarez Serrato, JC; Chen, Z; Liu, Z; Xu, DY, Notching R&D Investment with Corporate Income Tax Cuts in China (June, 2018)  [abs]
  2. Wang, XY; Suarez Serrato, JC; Zhang, S, The Limits of Meritocracy: Screening Bureaucrats Under Imperfect Verifiability (March, 2017)
  3. Suárez Serrato, JC; Zidar, O, Who Benefits from State Corporate Tax Cuts? A Local Labor Markets Approach with Heterogeneous Firms, American Economic Review, vol. 106 no. 9 (September, 2016), pp. 2582-2624, American Economic Association [doi]  [abs]
  4. Suarez Serrato, JC; Wingender, P, Estimating Local Fiscal Multipliers (July, 2016), National Bureau of Economic Research [doi]
  5. Suarez Serrato, JC; Fajgelbaum, P; Morales, E; Zidar, O, State Taxes and Spatial Misallocation (November, 2015), National Bureau of Economic Research [doi]  [abs]

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