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November 10, 2000

Public Policy Professor
Receives Annual President's Award

Robert Wassmer, a California State University, Sacramento professor of public policy, is the recipient of the 2000-01 President's Award for Research and Creative Activity.

The award will be presented at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30 in the University Union Hinde Auditorium. A reception will follow.

The annual President's Award is given to recognize extraordinary research and creative activity over the past five years by a member of the CSUS faculty in her or his first 10 years of service. Wassmer (of East Sacramento) is the 11th recipient of the award, which was established in 1989.

Wassmer is the co-author of Bidding for Business: The Efficacy of Local Economic Development Incentives, published by the Upjohn Institute, and is the editor of Readings in Urban Economics: Issues and Public Policy, published by Blackwell Publishers. He has a chapter on "Commuter Taxes" in the Encyclopedia of Taxation and Tax Policy. In addition, he has published 14 articles in refereed journals.

In 1996, he prepared a report titled "CSUS and Us: The Economic Impact of California State University, Sacramento on the Surrounding Region." Currently, under a grant from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, he is conducting research for a project titled "The Nexus Between Local Fiscal Choices and Urban Sprawl in California and the United States."

A member of the CSUS faculty since 1995, Wassmer received his doctorate in economics from Michigan State University. His bachelor's degree, also in economics, is from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and his master's degree is from the State University of New York, Binghamton.

In addition to teaching at CSUS, he serves as coordinator of CSU Faculty Fellows Program and is a consultant to the California Senate Office of Research.


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