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Antonios M. Koumpias

Research Associate
Education

Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Ph.D. in Economics, in progress (expected completion: June 2017)
Dissertation Committee: Professor Jorge Martinez-Vazquez (chair), Professor Tom A. Mroz,
Professor Charles M. Becker, Professor Charles Courtemanche, Professor Frank A. Sloan

Duke University, Durham, NC
M.A. in Economics, May 2012

University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
B.Sc. in Economics, December 2008, top 5%

University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland
International Exchange Student, August 2006 - May 2007

Biography

Antonios M. Koumpias is a PhD candidate in Economics and a research associate at the International Center for Public Policy in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. His primary research interests lie in the fields of Public Finance and Health Economics. Specifically, he is fascinated by the challenges to revenue administration posed by tax evasion due to low voluntary compliance or informality. His job market paper estimates the effect of compliance reminders on tax payments in Greece using a regression-discontinuity approach. Moreover, he is currently working on a research project about optimal tax policy in Greece with Jorge Martinez-Vazquez and another one documenting the extent of sales (VAT) tax evasion due product misclassification in Greece with Nikolaos Artavanis. In addition, he examines the impact of increased eligibility for publicly-provided health insurance (Medicaid) to adults in U.S. states in the 1990s and early 2000s on state-level adult mortality with Charles Courtemanche and Daniela Zapata employing a synthetic control design. Before his studies at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Antonios obtained his B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, fulfilled his compulsory military duty as a Greek national and earned his M.A. in Economics from Duke University. Outside of academia, Antonios enjoys outdoor sports, in particular basketball and soccer.