STANFORD -- Hoover Institution senior fellow Alvin Rabushka was among five alumni of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis whose achievements were recognized on May 18.
Rabushka, the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow, is a recognized “Father of the Flat Tax” who has long championed the concept within the United States and around the world. His book, The Flat Tax, co-authored with Robert Hall , the Robert and Carole McNeil Senior fellow, recently was reprinted as a Hoover Classic on its 25th anniversary.
He earned an A.B. degree in 1962, an M.A. in 1966, and his Ph.D. in 1968, all from
Washington University. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri.
Rabushka has published more than 20 books on subjects including race and ethnicity, taxation, state and local government finances, and economic development in Israel and Asia.
He helped develop the flat tax — a tax with one rate for all, requiring a postcard-size tax form instead of dozens of forms and replacing thousands of pages of regulations and instructions.
Although the United States hasn't adopted it yet, 15 countries on three continents have implemented the flat tax based on his work, and several more are considering it.