Public Finance and the New Economy

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

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies will host the Public Finance and the New Economy conference April 26-27. In addition to showcasing new research and scholars from around the country, the conference also will 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.

Invited presenters and discussants will examine how these changes affect the public sector, as well as how the public sector is adapting. Policy issues will span domestic and international arenas, while spurring conversation on a variety of empirical techniques used to respond to challenges of the new economy.

Presentation topics include:

  • 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


Invited guests are asked to register for the conference by March 27, 2018. Check your email for a registration link.

Other Details

The conference will take place on April 26 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on April 27 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meals will be provided. Travel reimbursements will be available to cover the cost of travel (up to $600).

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)