Experts

Experts

Permanent

Dean, College of Business and William G. Karnes Professor of Finance

Expertise: Economic Policy

Brown is a nationally known expert on retirement policy and serves as associate director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Retirement Research Center. Brown's research focuses on public and private insurance markets, pensions and retirement savings plans. He once served as a senior economist on the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Professor Emeritus

Expertise: Economic Policy

Richard F. Dye is Co-Director of IGPA's Fiscal Futures Project, which analyzes Illinois state budgets using a consistently defined measure of state spending, sustainable revenue flows, and a model that projects spending and revenues into future years. Dye's research and public service activities focus on state and local government finance in general and state budget policy, property tax caps, and tax increment financing in particular.

Gutgsell Professor of Finance

Expertise: Economic Policy

Don Fullerton researches energy and environmental policy issues, including household garbage and recycling behavior, air and water quality regulation, and climate change policy.  He studies the economic effects of these regulations including their cost effectiveness, the distribution of their burdens, and the interactions between environmental policy and other tax policy. He also has done extensive research on taxation issues including the economic incidence and investment incentive effects of the corporate income tax and other federal and state taxes.

Professor

Brian Gaines's research deals with all aspects of elections, electoral rules, and public opinion. Some of his recent work has dealt with campaign-finance fraud, pros and cons of convenience voting, inference from survey experiments, and assessing bias in electoral maps, and has appeared in such outlets as the American Statistician, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.

Professor Emeritus

Expertise: Economic Policy

Giertz is a professor emeritus in the Department of Economics at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of the University of Illinois Flash Index, a monthly indicator of the condition of the state’s economy and is an expert on taxation and the Midwest economy. Giertz has served as interim director of IGPA twice since joining the institute’s faculty in 1980. 

Professor

Expertise: Social Policy

Rachel Gordon's research broadly aims to measure and model the contexts of children and families' lives, often using longitudinal data sets.

Professor

Expertise: Economic Policy

George Gross' major research activities are in power system analysis, economics, and control and electric utility regulatory policy. He has a keen interest in the interdisciplinary aspects of these areas. Gross has numerous publications in international refereed journals and has lectured at many universities around the world. Gross has introduced new courses into the curriculum and has organized national annual conferences on regulatory issues.

Professor Emeritus

Expertise: Economic Policy

Geoffrey J.D. Hewings' major research efforts are directed toward modeling of urban, regional and interregional economic systems. Much of this work is based on a set of econometric-input-output models that have been developed for several metropolitan areas and states in the United States as well as several regions in Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia and Japan. Hewings heads the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL).

Professor

Kaestner researches health economics and has devoted much of his study to the impact of health policy on health outcomes. He is a professor in the Department of Economics in Chicago and holds affiliate positions with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Urban Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. 

Professor and Head, Department of Sociology

Expertise: Social Policy

Krysan is professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at Chicago. She is an expert on survey methods, focusing her research on racial residential segregation and attitudes toward race. She leads IGPA's Race and Inequality policy initiative.