PULLMAN, Wash. — Alan J. Auerbach, professor of economics and law and director of the Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance at the University of California, Berkeley, will be the guest lecturer for Washington State University’s Fourth Annual Bertha C. Leigh Distinguished Speaker Series in Economics at 7:30 p.m. April 1 at Todd Hall 216.

A Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Auerbach will speak on “U.S. Fiscal Policy: Disaster in Progress?”

The author and editor of several books and numerous articles for top economics journals and law reviews, Auerbach has served also as editor or associate editor for such publications as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives and Review of Economics and Statistics.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a doctorate in Economics from Harvard University, subsequently assuming teaching positions at both universities before moving on to the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as chair of the Department of Economics and professor of law. In 1992, he served as deputy chief of staff of the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation before assuming his current position at Berkeley in 1994.

Presented by the economics department, the Bertha C. Leigh Distinguished Speaker Series in Economics is supported by the generous gifts of Roy E. Leigh. A reception in the Todd Hall Atrium will follow the evening lecture.