William A. Fischel

Academic Appointments

Professor of Economics and Robert C. 1925 and Hilda Hardy Professor of Legal Studies, Emeritus

I retired from teaching in 2019 after forty-six years at Dartmouth. My continuing scholarly interests are in local government and land use regulation. My several books on these topics are listed below. An oral interview by students that reviews my career is here


Silsby 306A
HB 6106




  • B.A. Amherst College, 1967
  • Ph.D. Princeton University, 1973

Selected Publications

  • "Zoning Rules! The Economics of Land Use Regulation", Cambridge, Mass: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2015. 

  • Making the Grade: The Economic Evolution of American School Districts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

  • The Homevoter Hypothesis: How Home Values Influence Local Government Taxation, School Finance, and Land-Use Policies. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001.

  • Regulatory Takings: Law, Economics, and Politics. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.

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