Edgar Feige, Ph.D
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Edgar L. Feige is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A graduate of Columbia University (BA. 1958) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D, 1963) he has also taught at Yale University ; The University of Essex; Erasmus University and held the Cleveringa Chair at the University of Leyden. Feige has received numerous awards, including Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Award, election as a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study and twice received the Fulbright Scholar Award in Spain. In 1998-99 he received a third Fulbright Research Scholar Award serving as Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for Public Finance, Zagreb and Visiting Research Scholar at the Croatian National Bank. In 2003 he served as a World Bank Visiting Scholar at the Center for Economic and Financial Research in Moscow and in 2004 was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation research residency at Bellagio.
Feige is the author of more than eighty publications in books and scholarly journals and has been called “the father of Underground Economy analysis” based on his twenty years of research on underground economies throughout the world. His books include The Demand for Liquid Assets, Prentice Hall, 1963; The Underground Economies: Tax Evasion and Information Distortion, Cambridge University Press, 1989 and Underground Economies in Transition: Unrecorded Activity, Tax Evasion, Corruption and Organized Crime, Ashgate, 1999. He has served as a consultant to the United States Treasury Department, Bureau of Engraving and Printing; the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN); the Agency for International Development; the Los Alamos National Laboratory; the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; the Instituto Libertad y Democracia; the International Monetary Fund, the Croatian National Bank, the Central Bank of Albania, and served on the National Academy of Science Research Council Task Force on Economies in Transition. Recent research activities include work on the Underground Economies of Transition Countries; Unofficial (de facto) Dollarization; and Tax Reform for the 21st Century.