Dhammika Dharmapala’s scholarship spans the fields of taxation, the economic analysis of law, and corporate finance and governance. His most recent work has sought to use quasi-experimental empirical methods to analyze the consequences of tax law and securities law. His research has been published in leading scholarly journals in law, economics and finance, and has also been cited in various media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The Economist.
Dharmapala was previously a professor at the University of Illinois College of Law and a professor of finance (by courtesy) at the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an international research fellow of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and a fellow of the CESifo Research Network in Munich, Germany. He serves on the board of directors of the American Law and Economics Association as well as the board of management of the International Institute of Public Finance. He was previously the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal International Tax and Public Finance.
Dharmapala earned his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where his doctoral thesis was awarded the National Tax Association’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.