Thomas Downes

Tufts University

THOMAS DOWNES is an Associate Professor of Economics at Tufts University. His research focuses on the evaluation and construction of policies to improve the delivery of publicly-provided goods and reduce inequities in these services, with particular attention paid to public education. He has also pursued research on the roles of the public and private sectors in education provision. Among his current projects are papers that document the implications for student outcomes, community composition, private school enrollment, and non-education spending of school finance reforms and property tax limitations and that quantify the determinants of the spending by families to supplement traditional education provision. His published papers have appeared in such journals as Public Finance Quarterly, the National Tax Journal, Public Choice, the RAND Journal of Economics, Bulletin of Economic Research, Economics of Education Review, the Journal of Urban Economics, Education Finance and Policy, and Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management. He served on the Panel on Formula Allocations of the Committee on National Statistics of the National Academies, participated in symposia sponsored by the New York State Board of Regents that resulted in Educational Finance to Support High Learning Standards and Educational Finance and Organizational Structure in New York State Schools, served as co-editor of Education Finance and Policy, and is completing his term as President of the Association of Education Finance and Policy.