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William Holahan

William Holahan is a senior fellow at the Center and Emeritus Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Holahan earned his B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University. He has served in numerous University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee faculty leadership positions, most notably chairing the UW System search for UWM Chancellor. His efforts have also contributed to the establishment of two interdisciplinary majors -- Global Studies and Economics/Business/Mathematics. Dr. Holahan also serves on the founding executive committee and the faculty of the new UWM School of Freshwater Sciences and has served as Associate Director of the Center on Economic Education at UWM.

Dr. Holahan has received two university awards for teaching excellence. His teaching-focused research has been ranked nationally among the top fifty in "Ranking Economics Journals, Economics Departments, and Economists Using Teaching-Focused Research Productivity," Lo, et al., Southern Economics Journal 2008, 74(3). Dr. Holahan's research interests are in applied microeconomics and public policy. He has written on social security, spatial pricing, location theory, urban sprawl, negative income tax, environmental taxes, and baseball labor contracts. In addition, he has co-authored two textbooks on microeconomics. His research papers have appeared in numerous journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Theory, the International Economic Review, the Southern Economic Journal, and The Journal of Regional Science.