Fiscal Health of Illinois

Fiscal Health of Illinois

Gutgsell Professor of Finance

Don Fullerton is a member of the Fiscal Health of Illinois working group. He researches energy and environmental policy issues, including household garbage and recycling behavior, air and water quality regulation, and climate change policy.  He studies the economic effects of these regulations including their cost effectiveness, the distribution of their burdens, and the interactions between environmental policy and other tax policy.

Associate Professor

Darren Lubotsky is a member of the Working Group on the Fiscal Health of Illinois. His research falls within two broad areas: the American labor market and the health and cognitive development of children. Some of his recent projects study the impact of rising health insurance premiums on public-sector compensation, the impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on employment, and the economic status of immigrants in the United States.

James J. Stukel Presidential Professor

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.

Assistant Professor

Julian Reif is an assistant professor in the Department of Finance at the College of Business in Urbana-Champaign and has been part of the IGPA faculty since 2012. He researches health care economics and spends time on environmental policy and the effect of taxation on environmental and climate policy. He is co-leader of IGPA's Climate Change policy initiative, and also holds a position as a research economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Dean, College of Business and William G. Karnes Professor of Finance

Jeffrey Brown is a member of IGPA's working group on the Fiscal Health of Illinois. He also is dean of the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a nationally known expert on retirement policy. He serves as associate director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Retirement Research Center. Brown's research focuses on public and private insurance markets, pensions and retirement savings plans. He once served as a senior economist on the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

In the News

May 28, 2020

IGPA Task Force report finds Illinois faces $76 billion hit to economic output
Crain's Chicago Business

May 28, 2020

IGPA COVID-19 task force members David Merriman and Kenneth Kriz discuss possibilities for economic recovery in Illinois
WANDTV