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Primary Affiliation: Fiscal and Economic Policy Working Group; COVID-19 Task Force
Institute of Government and Public Affairs | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Public Policy Analysis
State and Local Taxation Analysis
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. Prof. Giertz compiles the U of I Flash Index, a monthly indicator of the Illinois economy. His articles have appeared in the National Tax Journal.
University of Illinois.
Member of the Athletic Board, 1998 – 2002.
Midwest Economics Association.
Member and Vice Presidents, 1978 – 1979.
American Economic Association, Illinois Economic Association (President 1986-1987);
Public Choice Society;
National Tax Association;
University Club, Chicago
Member of the board of trustees of the State Universities Retirement System (SURS), including terms as chair of the board’s investment committee. The board oversees the $18.0 billion retirement fund for Illinois public university and college employees.
1964 – Wichita University, Bachelor of Arts
1966 – Northwestern University, Master of Arts
1970 – Northwestern University, Doctor of Philosophy
Professor Giertz gave testimony at numerous Illinois General Assembly hearings and U. S. House of Representatives hearings.
Most Cited Faculty
Professor Giertz was named the most cited UIUC faculty member on public policy issues.
Professor Giertz gave numerous reports dealing with Illinois budget and tax issues, including the first careful analysis of the state’s structural deficit problem.
Professor Giertz organized a substantive portion of Illinois New Legislators Conferences and was the organizer of Illinois Congressional Seminars at IGPA.
Professor Giertz was given the Campus Award for Excellence in Public Service (UIUC), October 2001.