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J. Fred Giertz

Faculty Member In:
Department of Economics

Economic Climate
Illinois State Budget
Public Pension Policy
Taxes & Tax Policy

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J. Fred Giertz has been on the faculty of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois and professor in the UIUC Department of Economics since 1980. He has served as interim director twice, most recently during the 2012-13 academic year. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University in 1970. He has consulted with a number of state agencies and writes frequently on the Illinois budget and general economic issues in publications such as State Tax Notes and the Central Illinois Business Magazine and compiles the U of I Flash Index, a monthly indicator of the Illinois economy. Several recent articles have appeared in the National Tax Journal.

Giertz served 10 years (1995-2005) as a member of the board of trustees of the State Universities Retirement System (SURS), including terms as chair the board's investment committee. The board oversees the $14.0 billion retirement fund for Illinois public university and college employees. Since 2000, he has served as the Executive Director of the National Tax Association, a 1,200 member organization of tax professionals located in Washington, D. C.