Robert D. Ebel

Robert D. Ebel a consultant with Local Governance Innovation and Development and the   World Bank.  For the period 2006-2009 he served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Revenue Analysis and Chief Economist for the Washington, DC government. Prior to joining the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, he was a Senior Fellow at joint Urban Institute/Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center (TPC) and Lead Economist for the World Bank Institute’s (WBI) Capacity Building programs on Public Finance, Intergovernmental Relations and Local Financial Management. While at WBI he served as the World Bank’s technical representative to the Sudan Peace Consultations (2002-2005), and for, the African Union a technical resource person at the Inter-Sudanese Peace Consultations on Darfur (2006).  At the World Bank he directed, managed, and wrote technical reports on intergovernmental fiscal relations for a wide range of countries, including Hungary, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine (West Bank-Gaza Strip), Nepal,  Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Yemen.


Recent publications include: co-Editor with Joseph Cordes and Jane Gravelle, The Encyclopedia of Taxation and Tax Policy. 2nd Ed. (Washington: Urban Institute Press, 2005; with Richard M. Bird, Fiscal Fragmentation in Decentralized Countries: Subsidiarity, Solidarity and Asymmetry (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2007);  with Gabor Peteri, Kosovo Decentralization Briefing Notes (Prishtina: Forum 2015 and the Kosovo Forum for an Open Society, 2007) published in  Albanian, English, and Serbian; Co-Editor and co-author with John E. Petersen, The Oxford Handbook on State and Local Finance   (Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, April 2012; and in Chinese, 2014, by Economic Science Press, with Abdu Muwonge, “Intergovernmental Finances in a Decentralized World:  in Municipal Finance: A Handbook for Local Governments, edited by Catherine Farvacque-Vitkovic and Mihaly Kopanyi. Washington, DC:  World Bank, 2013.