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Richard M. Bird

Richard M. Bird

Professor Emeritus of Economic Analysis and Policy “in memorium”


Richard Bird is Professor Emeritus at Rotman“in memorium”; Senior Fellow of the Institute for Municipal Governance and Finance, Munk School of Global Affairs; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Andrew Young School of Public Policy in Atlanta; and Adjunct Professor, Australian School of Taxation and Business Law in Sydney. He has lectured and published extensively on tax and public finance issues in many countries. He currently chairs the Advisory Group of the International Centre for Tax and Development at the Institute for Development Studies (UK).

Academic Positions

  • 2001-2004

    Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard University

  • 1999-

    Distinguished Visiting Professor, Andrew Young School of Public Policy, Georgia State University

Non-Academic Positions

  • 2003-

    Adjunct Fellow, International Tax and Investment Center

  • 2003-

    Fellow, C.D.Howe Institute

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

  • Financing Infrastructure: Who Should Pay?

    Bird,R., E. Slack

    McGill-Queens University Press


    Pages: 311 pp.

  • Is Your City Healthy? Measuring Urban Fiscal Health

    Bird, R., Slack, E., eds.

    Institute of Public Administration of Canada


    Pages: 215 pp.

  • Taxation and Development: The Weakest Link?

    RM Bird, and J Martinez-Vazquez

    Edward Elgar


    Pages: 450 pp.

  • A Tale of Two Taxes: Property Tax in Ontario

    RM Bird, E Slack and A Tassonyi

    Lincoln Institute of Land Policy


    Pages: 275 pp.

  • The VAT in Developing and Transitional Countries

    RM Bird and PP Gendron

    Cambridge University Press


    Pages: 300 pp

Research and Teaching Interests

Current research interests include tax policy, tax administration, local finance and intergovernmental fiscal relations particularly in developing countries.

Honors and Awards

  • 2017

    Lifetime Contribution Award, Canadian Tax Foundaton

  • 2013

    Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award, Canadian Tax Foundation

  • 1978

    Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

  • 1997

    Douglas Sherbaniuk Award, Canadian Tax Foundation

  • 2006

    Daniel M. Holland Award, National Tax Association