Robert W. Wassmer


Wassmer, R. W. (2000). Readings in urban economics: Issues and public policy. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Anderson, J. E., & Wassmer, R. W. (2000). Bidding for business: The efficacy of local economic development incentives in a metropolitan area. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Unjohn Institute for Employment Research.


Wassmer, R. W. (2017). What to Do about Scrap Tires? Options for Productive Waste Management. In P. Haas & F. Springer (Eds.), Applied Policy Research: Concepts and Cases, Second Edition. Abington, U.K.: Routledge Press.

Wassmer, R. W. (2017). Debt Burdens of California State and Local Governments: Are They Too Large. In P. Haas & F. Springer (Eds.), Applied Policy Research: Concepts and Cases, Second Edition. Abington, U.K.: Routledge Press.

Wassmer, R. W. (2014). Ideology and Happiness in the USA. In A.C. Michalos & E. Lascher, (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. New York, NY: Springer.

Wassmer, R. W. (2012). Proposition 13. In A. T. Carswell (Ed.), The encyclopedia of housing. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Wassmer, R. W. (2010). Commuter Taxes in U.S. Metropolitan Areas. In N. Pindus, H. Wial, & H. Wolman (Eds.), Urban and regional policy and its effects. Washington, D.C: Brookings Institution Press.

Wassmer, R. W. (2010). Proposition 13: Is Denial the Appropriate Way to Cope. In S. Wallace (Ed.), State and local fiscal policy: Thinking outside the box? Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar.

Wassmer, R. W. (2009). The Increasing Use of Property Tax Abatement as a Means of Promoting State and Local Economic Development Activity in the United States. In N. Y. Augustine (Ed.), Erosion of the property tax base: Trends, causes, and consequences. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Wassmer, R. W. (2005). An Economic View of the Causes as Well as the Costs and Some of the Benefits of Urban Spatial Segregation. In D. P. Varady (Ed.), Desegregating the city: Ghettos, enclaves, and inequality. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Wassmer, R. W. (2005). Commuter Taxes. In J. J. Cordes, R. D. Ebel, & J. Gravelle (Eds.), The encyclopedia of taxation & tax policy. Washington, D.C.: Urban Institute Press.

Wassmer, R. W. (2003). The Influence of Local Fiscal Structure and Growth Control Choices on 'Big Box' Urban Sprawl in the American West. (D. Netzer, Ed.). In The property tax, land use and land use regulation. Cheltenham, UK: E. Elgar Pub.

Refereed education-based journal articles

The Importance of Both Supply and Demand to Policymaking Designed to Alter Preschool Attendance,” California Journal of Politics and Policy 8(4), 2016.

"Further Empirical Evidence on Residential Property Taxation and the Occurrence of Urban Sprawl," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 61, November 2016, Pages 73–85.

"The Health Insurance and Life Satisfaction Connection," with Ngan Lam Thi Tran and Edward L. Lascher Jr., Journal of Happiness Studies, 2016, pp. 1-18.

"Suggestions for the Needed Standardization of Determining the Local Economic Impact of Professional Sports," with Ryan S. Ong and Geoffrey Propheter, Sage, 2016.

The Impact of Learning Time on Academic Achievement,” with Su Jin Jez, Education and Urban Society 47(3), 2015, pp. 284-306.

"Beyond the Basics: The Effects of Non-Core Curricular Enrichments on Standardized Test Scores at High Schools," with Susan Catron, Michigan Journal of Public Affairs, 2006, pp. 1- 41.

"Effect of Racial/Ethnic Composition on Transfer Rates in Community Colleges: Implications for Policy and Practice," with Colleen Moore and Nancy Shulock, Research in Higher Education 45, 2004, pp. 539-60.

"Lessons from California's Public Elementary Schools Where Performance Exceeds Expectations," California Politics and Policy 8, 2004, pp. 44-68.

"Interstate Variation in the Use of Fees to Fund K-12 Public Education," with Ronald Fisher, Economics of Education Review 21, 2002, pp. 87-100.

"School Finance Reform: Proposals, Prospects, and Public Opinion Formation," Public Finance Review 25, 1997, pp. 393-425.

"An Evaluation of the Recent Move to Centralize the Finance of Public Schools in Michigan," with Ronald Fisher, Public Budgeting and Finance 16, 1996, pp. 90-112.

"Centralizing Educational Responsibility in Michigan and Other States: New Constraints on States and Localities," with Ronald Fisher, National Tax Journal XLVIII, 1995, pp. 417-428.