Samara R. Gunter

Assistant Professor of Economics

Office: Diamond 361 [ campus map ]
Box 5230

Phone: 207-859-5249
Fax: 207-859-5229
Mailing Address:
5230 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8852
Office Hours:
Fall 2013: M 2:30-4:00, Tu 12:30-2:00
Gunter, Samara R.


Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2008
M.A. University of Michigan, 2003
B.A. University of Chicago, 2000

Areas of Expertise

  • Public economics
  • Economics of taxation
  • Welfare and poverty

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
EC223 AMicroeconomic Theory
EC223 BMicroeconomic Theory
EC256 AEconomics of Crime
EC351 APublic Finance
EC478 ASeminar: U.S. Social Safety Net

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
EC 133Principles of Microeconomics
EC 256Economics of Crime
EC 351Public Finance

Current Research

"Electronic Filing and Tax Refunds"


State Earned Income Tax Credits and Participation in Regular and Informal Work. National Tax Journal 66(1): 33-62.
"Effects of Child Support Pass-Through and Disregard Policies on In-Kind Child Support." Review of Economics of the Household 11(2): 193-209.
"An Economic Evaluation of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001." (with William G. Gale). 2002. National Tax Journal 55 (March): 133-186.
Budget Blues: The Fiscal Outlook and Options for Reform? (with Alan J. Auerbach, William G. Gale, and Peter R. Orszag). 2003. In Agenda for the Nation, Henry Aaron, James Lindsey, and Pietro Nivola, eds. Brookings: 109-145.


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