Elena Spatoulas Patel

I am an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Utah, specializing in public finance and corporate tax policy. Prior to joining the University of Utah, I worked extensively in the federal government including the Office of Tax Analysis at the US Treasury Department, the Office of Accountability and Compliance at the Postal Regulatory Commission, the Macroeconomic Analysis Division at the Congressional Budget Office, and the Antitrust Division at the US Department of Justice.

My research agenda is informed by my federal government and tax policy experience, aiming to bridge the gap between academic research and public policy. Research topics include corporate tax policy, optimal tax systems, and how the tax system influences decisions for businesses, families, and individuals. In addition, I investigate the implications of industrial organization of health care markets, and the incentives of public ownership. I received my B.S. in Economics and Mathematics in 2007, my M.A. in Economics in 2008, and my Ph.D. in Economics in 2013 from the University of Michigan. Go blue!

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