Nicolaus Tideman is a Professor of Economics at Virginia Tech. He received his bachelor's degree from Reed College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1969. From 1969 to 1973 he was Assistant Professor of Economics at Harvard. In 1970-71 he served as Senior Staff Economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisors, with special responsibility for urban issues. He has also served as a consultant at the Bureau of the Budget (predecessor to the Office of Management and Budget) and at the Office of Tax Analysis in the Department of the Treasury. He has been at Virginia Tech since 1973, as a post-doctoral fellow, Associate Professor, and Professor since 1985. He has published numerous professional articles, primarily in the areas of urban economics, public finance, economic justice and efficient public decision-making. In 2006 his book Collective Decisions and Voting was published by Ashgate Publishing Company.