Michael Nelson

Professor, Interim Associate Chair, Department of Economics, University of Akron

Michael Nelson is professor, interim associate chair, Department of Economics, University of Akron. He specialiazes in economic development.


  • “Shadow Economy and International Software Piracy,” forthcoming Applied Financial Economics. [with Rajeev K. Goel].
  • “Internet Diffusion and Implications for Taxation: Evidence from U.S. Cigarette Sales,” Policy & Internet, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Article 6, 2012. [with Rajeev K. Goel]. http://www.psocommons.org/policyandinternet/vol4/iss1/art6/
  • “The Internet as an Indicator of Corruption Awareness,” European Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2012, 64-75.  [with Rajeev K. Goel and  Michael A. Naretta].
  • “Cigarette Demand and Effectiveness of U.S. Smoking Control Policies: State-level Evidence for More Than Half a Century,”Empirical Economics, published on-line 27 March 2011 http://www.springerlink.com/content/a158718812036641/  .  [with R.K. Goel]
  • “Government Fragmentation Versus Fiscal Decentralization and Corruption,” Public Choice, 2011, 471-90 [with Rajeev K. Goel].
  • “Measures of Corruption and Determinants of US Corruption,”  Economics of Governance, Vol. 12, No. 2, June 2011, pp.  155-176. [with R. K. Goel].
  • “Causes of Corruption: History, Geography and Government,” Journal of Policy Modeling. Vol. 32, pp. 433-447, July-August 2010. [with R. K.Goel].
  •  “Assessment of the Undergraduate Economics Major: A National Survey,” Journal of Economic Education, 42 (2) 2011, pp. 195-199. [with Steve Myers and Richard Stratton].
  • “E-portfolios and Student Research in the Assessment of a Proficiency-based Major” in Designing Effective Assessment: Principles and Profiles of Good Practice, Trudy Banta, Karen Black, and Elizabeth Jones (eds.),San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009. [with Steven Myers and Richard Stratton].
  • “Corruption in MENA Countries: An Empirical Investigation,” in Economic Performance in the Middle East and North Africa,Serdar Sayan (ed.), London and New York: Routledge, 2009, pp. 13 – 24. [with R.K. Goel].
  • “Determinants of Software Piracy: Economics, Institutions, and Technology,” The Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 34, Issue 6, December 2009. pp. 637-58. [with Rajeev K. Goel].
  • “Assessing an Economics Program: Hansen Proficiencies, ePortfolio and Undergraduate Research,” International Review of Economics Education Vol. 8, No. 1. June 2009. [with Steven Myers and Richard Stratton].
  • “Global Efforts to Combat Smoking: An Economic Evaluation of Smoking Control Policies”, Hampshire, England: Ashgate, 2008. [with Rajeev K. Goel].
  • “Are Corrupt Acts Contagious? Evidence from the United States,” Journal of Policy Modeling, Vol. 29, pp. 839-850, 2007. [with Rajeev K. Goel].
  • “The Master Settlement Agreement and Cigarette Tax Policy,” Journal of Policy Modeling, Vol. 29, Issue 3, pp. 431-438, 2007. [with Rajeev K. Goel].
  • “Demand Elasticities for Internet Services,” Applied Economics, Vol. 38, No. 9, pp. 975-980, 2006 [with Rajeev K. Goel, Edward T. Hsieh, and Rati Ram].
  • “The Effectiveness of Anti-Smoking Legislation: A Review,” Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol.20, No.3, pp.325-355, 2006 [with Rajeev K. Goel].
  • “Smoking Prevalence and Anti-Smoking Regulations in Transition Countries,” Transition Studies Review, Vol.13, No.3, pp.231-248, 2006 [with Jelena Budak and Rajeev K. Goel].
  • “Economic Freedom versus Political Freedom: Cross-Country Influences on Corruption,” Australian Economic Papers, Vol.44, pp. 121-133, 2005, [with Rajeev K. Goel].
  • “Tobacco Policy and Tobacco Use: Differences Across Tobacco Types, Gender and Age,” Applied Economics,Vol. 10, pp. 765-771, 2005 [with Rajeev K. Goel].
  • “International Patterns of Cigarette Smoking and Global Anti-Smoking Policies, with M. Nelson,” Journal of Economics and Finance,Vol. 28, pp. 382-394, 2004 [with Rajeev K. Goel].
  • “Use or Abuse of Highway Tax Revenues? An Economic Analysis of Highway Spending,” Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 10, pp. 813-819, 2003. [with R. K. Goel].
  • “Using Excise Taxes to Finance State Government: Do Neighboring State Tax Policy and Cross-border Markets Matter?,”Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 42, pp. 731-752, 2002.
  • “Electoral Cycles and the Politics of State Tax Policy,” Public Finance Review, Vol. 28, pp. 540-560, 2000.
  • “Corruption and Government Size: A Disaggregated Analysis,” Public Choice, Vol. 97, No. 1/2, pp. 107-120, 1998. [with Rajeev K. Goel].
  • “Democracy, Political Freedom, Fiscal Policy, and Growth in LDCs: A Fresh Look,” Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 677-96, 1998. [with Ram D. Singh].
  • “Municipal Government Approaches to Service Delivery,” Economic Inquiry, Vol. 35, No.1, pp. 82-96, 1997.
  • “An IRS Production Function,” National Tax Journal, Vol. XLIX, No. 1, pp. 105-116, 1996. [with William J. Hunter].
  • “The Deficit – Growth Connection: Some Recent Evidence from Developing Countries,” Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 167-191, 1994. [with Ram D. Singh].
  • “Municipal Boundary Reform and the Growth of the Public Sector in Sweden,” Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 39-53, 1992.
  • “Interest Group Demand for Taxation,” Public Choice, Vol. 62, pp. 41-61, 1989. [with William J. Hunter].
  • “Public Policy, Local Labor Demand, and Migration in Sweden, 1979-84,” Journal of Regional Science, 29, pp. 247-264, 1989. [with Michael L. Wyzan]
  • “Searching for Leviathan: Comment and Extension,” American Economic Review, Vol. 77, pp. 198-204, 1987.
  • “An Empirical Analysis of State and Local Tax Structure in the Context of the Leviathan Model of Government,” Public Choice, Vol. 49, pp. 283-94, 1986.