Dean, College of Business and William G. Karnes Professor of Finance
Jeffrey 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.
Robert C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business
Jon Davis was appointed interim director of IGPA in July 2017 and began his service the following month. Prior to joining the institute, Davis served as head of the nationally acclaimed Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2012-2017 and continues to hold the Robert C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business as a professor of accountancy. He is a CPA and he worked at Deloitte, Haskins and Sells in tax before pursuing his Ph.D. Degree at University of Arizona.
Gutgsell Professor of Finance
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.
Expertise: Politics & Government
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.
J. Fred 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.
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.
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.
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).
Robert 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
Maria 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.