Paul N. Courant is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, the Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, a professor of economics, a professor of information, and a faculty associate in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. From 2007 to 2013, he was university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Michigan. From 2002 to 2005, he served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, the chief academic officer and chief budget officer of the University. He also has served as the associate provost for academic and budgetary affairs, chair of the Department of Economics, and director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy). In 1979 and 1980, he was a senior staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers.
Prof. Courant has authored six books and more than 70 papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy, including tax policy, local economic development, gender differences in pay, housing, radon and public health, relationships between economic growth and environmental policy, and university budgeting systems. More recently, he has been studying the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the changes in the system of scholarly communication that derive from new information technologies.
Prof. Courant holds a BA in history from Swarthmore College (1968); an MA in economics from Princeton University (1973); and a PhD in economics from Princeton University (1974).