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Public Finance and the New Economy

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
April 26-27, 2018

Call for Papers

We are seeking paper proposals for a conference on Public Finance and the New Economy. The conference will also honor Professor David L. Sjoquist for his substantial contributions to state and local public finance.

The field of public finance is faced with challenges and opportunities arising from the new economy, sharing economy, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. The public and private sectors have more chance than ever to innovate, respond, evaluate, and improve efficiencies and accountability. We invite papers that examine how these changes affect the public sector as well as how the public sector is adapting. We expect papers in the areas of public budgeting, taxation, public expenditure evaluation, organizational structure, and more.

We seek new papers that will encourage and push the debate about public finance in this new world. We invite proposals for papers that examine these and other policy issues at the national and subnational levels in domestic and international contexts utilizing a variety of empirical techniques. Proposals will be reviewed and competitively selected.

Possible areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Public sector workforce
  • Behavioral responses to taxation
  • Use of big data and data analytics for public budgeting and finance
  • Innovative methodologies in public sector evaluation
  • Future of finance for the public sector


Proposals for papers must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2018.


Proposals should include title, abstract, authors, and contact information for the submitting authors. Abstracts should not be longer than two pages. Proposals should be submitted to Ms. Selma Dogic at

Other Details

Participants may be asked to serve as a discussant. Travel reimbursements will be available to cover the cost of travel (up to $600) and hotel expenses for one author per paper. Meals will be provided.

Questions should be directed to Sally Wallace, professor and interim dean of the Andrew Young School, at

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

Hai (David) Guo, Associate Professor, Florida International University (with Shaoming Cheng)

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

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

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

Carolyn Bourdeaux, Associate Professor, Georgia State University

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

Brett Mullins, Graduate Student, Miami University (with Mark Rider, David Sjoquist and Sally Wallace)

"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)

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

Olha Krupa, Assistant Professor, Seattle University (with Kenneth Kriz)

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

Wen Wang, Assistant Professor, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis - SPEA (with With Ping Zhang and Yilin Hou)

"Premium Municipal Bonds and Issuer Fiscal Distress"

Stephan Whitaker, Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (with O. Emre Ergungor)