Saint Michael's College Associate Professor of Economics, Dr. Patrick Walsh of Essex Junction, was named to the newly formed Vermont Tax Advisory Board on May 10, 2012, by Commissioner of Taxes Mary Peterson.
The board is designed to foster "open and transparent collaboration to help government agencies, businesses, and individuals work together in a positive manner," Commissioner Peterson said in the letter appointing Professor Walsh.
"The Vermont Tax Advisory Board represents the type of innovation and transparency that is important to our state and Governor Shumlin," Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding said in a press release issued by Tax Commissioner, Mary Peterson.
Professor Walsh's research interests are the economics of education, with focus on competition in education, sorting among schools, and peer externalities. Among his other research topics include occupational choice and occupational switching. He teaches Economics of Health Care, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics and Public Finance. He earned his BA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
The 10-member Tax Advisory Board will meet quarterly.