J. Fred Giertz

J. Fred Giertz's major research interests are in the areas of public finance and regional economic development. He specializes in state and local taxation and expenditure analysis and in regional economic development issues. 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. Giertz compiles the U of I Flash Index, a monthly indicator of the Illinois economy. Several recent articles have appeared in the National Tax Journal.

Associated IGPA Projects

Flash Index

Former Experience

Giertz served as Executive Director from 2000-2014 of the National Tax Association, a 1,200 member organization of tax professionals located in Washington, DC. Giertz served as interim director of IGPA twice, most recently during the 2012-13 academic year.

Professional Appointments

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 $18.0 billion retirement fund for Illinois public university and college employees.


PhD: Northwestern University, 1970

IGPA Research By J. Fred Giertz