David Tuerck, PhD

Professor, Economics

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Executive Director, Beacon Hill Institute


  • PhD, University of Virginia
  • MA, The George Washington University
  • BA, The George Washington University

Research Interests

  • Tax Policy
  • Competitiveness
  • Labor Policy
  • Education

Employment History

  • Suffolk University
    Chair, Department of Economics (1982-2012)
    Professor (1987-present)
    Associate Professor (1982-1987)
    Founder and Executive Director, The Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research (1991-present)


  • “Why Project Labor Agreements Are Not In The Public Interest,” CATO Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Winter 2010), pp. 35-65.
  • “The Incidence of State Taxes on Oil and Gas,” Tax Notes, November 13, 2006, pp. 663-82, with Paul Bachman, Jonathan Haughton, Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Alfonso Sanchez-Penalver.
  • “The Incidence of State Taxes on Oil and Gas,” Public Finance Review, 34:5, September 2006, with Jonathan Haughton.
  • “State and Local Taxes Do Matter: A Rejoinder to the Skeptics,” State Tax Notes, 25:11, September 2002, with Jonathan Haughton.
  • “Rethinking Welfare in the Age of Devolution,” Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest, no. 2 (spring 1997), with William F. O’Brien, Jr.

Awards & Honors

  • Listed in Heritage Foundation Annual Guide to Public Policy Experts, 1988 to present.
  • Awarded sabbatical by Suffolk University, 1989-1990.
  • Recognized by the North American Economics and Finance Association for "outstanding leadership and contributions," 1986.
  • Inducted into Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society in Social Science, April 25, 1984.
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Courses Taught

  • EC 421/721 - Public Economics
  • EC 433/733 - Public Choice
  • EC 710 - Macroeconomics
  • EC 801 - Survey of Economic Thought
  • EC 810 - Advanced Macroeconomics I