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Anne Alstott

Affiliated Scholar

Anne Alstott is the Jacquin D. Bierman Professor of Taxation at the Yale Law School, where she has held a tenured professorship since 1997 and the Bierman chair since 2004. Professor Alstott has published a number of books and articles on taxation and social policy. Her books include No Exit: What Parents Owe Children and What Society Owes Parents (Oxford University Press, 2004) and The Stakeholder Society (Yale University Press, 1999) (with Bruce Ackerman). The latter book served, along with work by Julian LeGrand, David Nissan, Michael Sherraden, and Thomas Paine, as part of the intellectual foundations for the Child Trust Fund initiative in Britain, implemented in 2005.

Professor Alstott has written on a variety of subjects, including income distribution, employment subsidies, and tax policy. Professor Alstott teaches federal income taxation, corporate taxation, and subjects related to taxation and social policy. She has won three awards for outstanding teaching. At Yale, she won the Yale Law Women Teaching Award (voted by the entire student body) in 2004 and 1998. At Columbia, she won the Professor Willis L.M. Reese Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1995.

Professor Alstott is a 1987 J.D. graduate of the Yale Law School, and a 1984 A.B. graduate of Georgetown University, summa cum laude. At Georgetown, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year and graduated with the highest grade point average among Arts graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences. She also earned departmental honors in economics. From 1992 to 1997, Professor Alstott was Associate Professor at the Columbia University School of Law. Before entering academia, she held the position of attorney-advisor in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy, and she worked for three years as an associate at the Wall Street law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell.

Major Works:


  • No Exit: What Parents Owe Their Children and What Society Owes Parents. Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • The Stakeholder Society. Yale University Press, 1999. (with Bruce Ackerman)


  • "Caretaker Resource Accounts for Parents: The Citizen’s Stake: Exploring the Future of Universal Asset Policy," Policy Press (2006).
  • "Work vs. Freedom: A Liberal Challenge to Employment Subsidies," 108 Yale L.J. 967 (1999).
  • "The Uneasy Liberal Case Against Income and Wealth Transfer Taxation," 51 Tax L. Rev. 363 (1996)
  • "The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Limitations of Tax-Based Welfare Reform," 108 Harvard. L. Rev. 533 (1995)

Appearances: Al Franken Show, Local Radio/TV, Point to Point