David F. Merriman

David F. Merriman

Senior Scholar, IGPA; Chair:Working Group on Fiscal Health of Illinois

James J. Stukel Presidential Professor

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

University of Illinois at Chicago

David F. Merriman is the leader of IGPA's Working Group on the Fiscal Health of Illinois. His major area of study is state and local public finance. Merriman directs The Fiscal Futures Project, which created and maintains of a comprehensive and consistently defined measure of the Illinois state budget.  He has published extensively about the effect of tax increment finance policy on local economic growth and the determinants of tobacco tax avoidance. He has also studied Walmart’s impact on urban economic development. His most recent research concerns state and local business taxation.

Associated IGPA Projects

Fiscal Futures Project

Business Taxation

Former Experience

Merriman was a visiting scholar at the New England Public Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, from August 2014-July 2015. He has also been a Senior Research Associate at Urban Institute, and a Consultant to the World Bank on intermittent assignments with Human Development Network. Merriman was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Economic Research at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan. Before joining UIC, Merriman spent 20 years on the faculty at Loyola University of Chicago.

Professional Appointments

Visiting Fellow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Member, Technical Advisory Board, Illinois Tax Foundation

Associate Editor, Economic Development Quarterly

Editorial Board, Journal of Urban Affairs

Editorial Board, Public Finance Review


PhD, MS: University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1983, 1980

Undergraduate: America University, 1976

IGPA Research By David F. Merriman