Arthur Woolf received his B.A. degree in history from Cornell University in 1973. He attended graduate school in economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and received his Ph.D. in 1980. He began teaching at the University of Vermont in 1980, where he is currently associate professor of economics. In 1987, he was visiting economist at the Center for Energy Policy Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in 1988 he was appointed Vermont State Economist by Governor Madeleine Kunin, a position he held until January 1991.
Professor Woolf’s community work includes membership on the Westford School Board from 1985 to 1987. He was also a member of the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s Technical Advisory Committee from 1991 to 1997. He is a member of the Advisory Board at Sopher Investment Management, Inc., on the Board of the Ethan Allen Institute, and is chair of the Vermont Student Opportunity Scholarship Fund board. In 1999, he founded The Vermont Council on Economic Education, an organization promoting economic and financial literacy through the teaching of economics in Vermont’s elementary, middle, and high schools. He is the Council’s president.
Professor Woolf has published articles in academic journals and contributed chapters to books on a variety of economic subjects. He is author of the chapter “Taxation in Vermont” in the recently published Vermont State Government and Administration since 1965. He has written and lectured widely within the state on Vermont economic and policy issues, including taxation and spending, education finance, housing, population and demographic trends, and economic development. During the 1990s, he was a contributing editor of Vermont Magazine, where he wrote a column on the Vermont economy. He is also the editor of The Vermont Economy Newsletter and is president of Northern Economic Consulting, Inc.
Art Woolf lives on a 140-acre farm in Westford with his wife, Celeste Gaspari, and their two children.