Rutgers University
Ira Gang's Research Home Page
Professor of Economics

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203 New Jersey Hall
Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences
75 Hamilton St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1248

(848) 932-8648 (voice, my office)
(732) 932-7416 (fax, economics department)

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Updated April 2017, sort of

In Memoriam Robert C Stuart by Paul Gregory
Comparative Economic Studies (2015) 57, 361–364. doi:10.1057/ces.2015.14

Ph.D., Cornell University, 1983
M.A., Cornell University, 1979 

B.A., (Art History, Political Economy) The Johns Hopkins University, 1977 

Certificate of International Affairs,  Bologna Center of the 
 School of Advanced International Studies, J.H.U., Bologna, Italy, 1976

Gil S. Epstein, Ira N. Gang, Taxation and social protection under governance decentralisation, European Journal of Political Economy, 2018, ISSN 0176-2680, OPEN ACCESS (
Abstract: Governments do not have perfect information regarding constituent priorities and needs. This lack of knowledge opens the door for groups to lobby in order to affect the taxes they pay the government. We examine the political economy of a decentralised revenue-raising authority in light of social protection expenditures by constructing a theoretical model of hierarchical contests and comparing the implications of centralised with decentralised governance. Increasing information available to the government may generate additional expenditures by constituencies trying to affect government taxation decisions.