Charles Tiebout

Born: 1924. Died: 1968.


Charles Tiebout (pronounced tee-bow) received his education at a time when the supremacy of centralized government was at a peak both politically and intellectually.

Charles Tiebout earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. His 1957 dissertation about regional multipliers, however, had nothing to do with local public finance where he would make his largest contributions.

As an instructor at Northwestern University, he published his seminal article, "A Pure Theory of Local Public Expenditures," (Journal of Political Economy, 64: 416-24) in 1956. From there he went on to teach economics at UCLA and then geography at the University of Washington.

Charles Tiebout stayed in Seattle until his early death at the age of 43, on January 16, 1968. He published and consulted in regional economic development, but his primary contribution and best-known work developed what is now known as the Tiebout Hypothesis.

Major Book of Charles Tiebout

- The Community Economic Base Study, Committee for Economic Development, Supplementary Paper No.16, New York: 1963

Major Articles of Charles Tiebout

- 1956, A Pure Theory of Local Expenditures, JPE
- 1956, Exports and Regional Economic Growth, JPE
- 1956, The Urban Economic Base Reconsidered, Land Economics
- 1957, Location Theory, Empirical Evidence and Economic Evolution, Papers and Proceedings of RSAI
- 1957, Regional and Interregional Input-Output Models: An Appraisal, SEJ
- 1961, Intra-Urban Location Problems: An Evaluation (in Economic Analysis of Urban Problems), AER, Papers and Proceedings of the Seventy-Third Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association
- 1962, Metropolitan Finance Reconsidered: Budget Functions and Multi-Level Governments, with David B. Houston, REStat
- 1963, An Intersectoral Flows Analysis of the California Economy, with W. Lee Hansen, REStat
- 1980, An Empirical Regional Input-Output Projection Model: The State of Washington, REStat


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