Fred Giertz

Fred Giertz

Primary Affiliation: Fiscal and Economic Policy Working Group; COVID-19 Task Force

Institute of Government and Public Affairs | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Skill Highlights

Public Policy Analysis

State and Local Taxation Analysis

Expenditure Analysis


Anti-discrimination legislation
Spent a month in residence with the Utah legislature, helping Utah state lawmakers to pass anti-discrimination legislation that balances
religious liberty and LGBT rights. In 2019, Professor Wilson assisted the governor of Utah to craft regulations banning gay conversion therapy.



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.

IGPA Engagement

Professor Giertz organized a substantive portion of Illinois New Legislators Conferences and was the organizer of Illinois Congressional Seminars at IGPA.

Public Service

Professor Giertz was given the Campus Award for Excellence in Public Service (UIUC), October 2001.

Recent Publications

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President, Illinois Economic Association, 1986-1987
Honorary Member, National Tax Association, 2015
Campus Award for Excellence in Public Service (UIUC), October 2001


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