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Next Generation Public Finance Conference

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
May 5-6, 2016

Purpose of Conference

Current policy challenges including globalization, income inequality, demographic changes, and contingent liabilities call for renewed efforts to identify solutions. The field of public finance is being challenged to think about these challenges with new tools including field experiments, unprecedented amounts of data, and an expanded view of behavioral economics. The Next Generation of Public Finance Conference seeks to focus on topics that we think will be front and center in the policy debate in the coming decades.

Keynote Speaker

Len Burman, director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center

Agenda and Papers

(Papers from the conference are attached within the conference agenda below.)

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Breakfast AYSPS 7th Floor

9:15-9:30 a.m.


Mary Beth Walker, Dean, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University

Sally Wallace, Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University

Session 1: From the Ground Up
9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

"Local Fiscal Policies and Small Businesses in Florida: A Spatial Panel Analysis"

Hai (David) Guo, Associate Professor, Florida International University

With Shaoming Cheng

Discussant: Laura Wheeler, Senior Research Associate, Fiscal Research Center, Georgia State University

10:15 - 11 a.m.

"The Impact of Administrative Vigor on State Retail Tax Compliance"

John Mikesell, Chancellor's Professor, Indiana University - SPEA

Discussant: Jorge Martinez-Vasquez, Regents Professor, Georgia State University

11 - 11:45 a.m.

"The Impact of State Expenditure Mandates on Local Budgetary Allocations across Economic Cycles"

Spencer Brien, Assistant Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

With Robert J. Eger III

Discussant: Omer Baris, Assistant Professor, Nazarbayev University

Keynote Lunch

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Len Burman, Director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
Session 2: Behavior Under the Knife
1:15 - 2 p.m.

"Loss Aversion, Time Discounting and Strategic Choices in Cutting Budgets"

Carolyn Bourdeaux, Associate Professor, Georgia State University

Discussant: Phil Joyce, Professor and Senior Associate Dean, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

2-2:45 p.m.

"Does Closing Public Schools Save Costs?"

Phuong Nguyen-Hoang, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa

Discussant: Daniel Kreitman, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University

2:45 - 3 p.m. Break
Session 3: Bring on the Data
3-3:45 p.m.

"Supreme Court Decisions Affecting State and Local Governments"

Julia Beckett, Associate Professor, University of Akron

Discussant: Sarah Larson, Senior Research Associate, Center for State and Local Finance, Georgia State University

3:45-4:15 p.m.

"Long-Run Earnings Mobility among Low-Income Individuals"

Brett Mullins, Graduate Student, Miami University

With Mark Rider, David Sjoquist and Sally Wallace

Discussant: Cristian F. Sepulveda, Assistant Professor, State University of New York (SUNY)

4:15-5 p.m.

"Do Local Governments Cite Nuisance Activities Along Borders? An Empirical Strategy Applied to Wind Turbines"

Justin Ross, Associate Professor, Indiana University-SPEA

With Sanya Carley

Discussant: Daniel Mullins, National Director, State and Local Tax Policy Economics, EY

6-9 p.m. Invited Dinner
Glenn Hotel, 110 Marietta Street, Atlanta, Ga.

8:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Breakfast AYSPS 7th Floor
Session 4: Riding the Waves
9:30-10:15 a.m.

"Tax Revenue Volatility in Large American Cities: Experiences from the Great Recession"

Olha Krupa, Assistant Professor, Seattle University

With Kenneth Kriz

Discussant: Robert Bushman, Senior Research Associate, Fiscal Research Center, Georgia State University

10:15-11 a.m.

"Building Subnational County-Cyclical Fiscal Capacity: Testing Its Performance in the Great Recession"

Wen Wang, Assistant Professor, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis - SPEA

With Ping Zhang and Yilin Hou

Discussant: Ross Rubinstein, Professor and Dan E. Sweat Chair, Georgia State University

11 - 11:15 a.m. Break
Session 5: Show us the Money
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

"Impact of Bankruptcy Eligibility Requirements and Statutory Liens on Borrowing Costs"

Sharon Kioko, Associate Professor, University of Washington

With Tima Moldogaziev and W. Bartley Hildreth

Discussant: Justin Marlowe, Endowed Professor, University of Washington

12-12:45 p.m.

"Premium Municipal Bonds and Issuer Fiscal Distress"

Stephan Whitaker, Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

With O. Emre Ergungor

Discussant: Katherine Willoughby, Professor, Georgia State University

12:45 - 1:30 p.m. Boxed Lunch To-Go