The Public Finance Research Cluster (PFRC) was well represented at the 35th annual Association of Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM) conference, held last week in Denver, Colorado.
Our dedicated team of PFRC research associates presented compelling papers on a diverse range of financial management topics. Andrey Timofeev contributed to the panel on Global Fiscal and Financial Experiences Post-Pandemic with his insightful paper, “Measuring Tax Effort.” Astha Sen and Robert Buschman’s research, “Sunshine or Taxes: What Role do State Tax Breaks Play in Retirement Location Choice?” was a thought-provoking portion of the panel focused on the Impact of Revenues on Policy Outcomes.
In a key session on Critical Issues in State and Local Transportation Finance, Peter Bluestone, Nick Warner and Kshitiz Shrestha shared their valuable insights in “Improved Methods in Forecasting Volatile Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Sources: The Georgia Experience.” Furthermore, PFRC Research Affiliate and GSU Associate Professor, Can Chen, joined the Volcker Alliance’s William Glasgall in a panel to address Critical U.S. State and Local Budget Issues: Slowing Revenues, Recession, and Infrastructure Opportunities.
Our PhD-level public finance fellows were equally impressive at this year’s conference. Federico Corredor’s presentation, “Fiscal Federalism in Action: Examining the Effects of the SALT Deduction Cap on Taxation and Migration Patterns,” was an interesting part of the panel on the Impact of Revenues on Policy Outcomes. Meera Omar’s poster presentation, “Estimating the Fiscal Impact of State Infrastructure Banks (SIB) on Leveraging State and Local Transportation Investment using a Difference in Difference design,” used an innovative approach to a challenging problem. Finally, Meghna Paul’s poster presentation, “Legislative Turnover and State Government Debt Financing: A Panel Instrumental Variable Approach,” was not only compelling but also earned the prestigious Best Poster Paper Award for this year’s conference.
The PFRC is proud to have been a part of this year’s ABFM conference, where our dedicated team shared varied, real-world, innovative research. We look forward to next year’s conference and continuing discussions and debates in key areas of public budgeting and financial management.
Meghna Paul, Best Poster Paper Award Winner