David G. Tuerck, PhD

Department of Economics
Executive Director, Beacon Hill Institute

Phone: 617-573-8263
Fax: 617-720-4272
Email: dtuerck@suffolk.edu

Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 1009


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

Research Interests

  • Tax Policy
  • Competitiveness
  • Labor Policy
  • Education


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

Selected Publications

“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.

Honors and Awards

  • 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.

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