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Thomas Luke Spreen

Assistant Professor

School of Public Policy




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Luke Spreen is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. His research falls under two broad themes. First, whether oversight of public or nonprofit entities leads to improvements in their financial outcomes. Second, whether financial incentives, particularly when implemented through taxes, alter the behavior of economic agents.

His prior research is published in the American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory¸ Journal of Public Economics, National Tax Journal, and other outlets. He earned his Ph.D. from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington and was an economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics prior to his academic career.

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