Fiscal and Economic Policy

Fiscal and Economic Policy

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.

James J. Stukel Presidential Professor

David F. Merriman is the leader of IGPA's  Fiscal Health of Illinois Working Group and is the James J. Stukel Presidential Professor of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His major area of study is state and local public finance. Professor 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.

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.

IGPA Working Group Member

Amanda Kass is the associate director of the Government Finance Research Center in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago and is a member of the IGPA Fiscal Health of Illinois Working Group. As associate director she designs, conducts, and manages research in the GFRC's priority areas. Amanda also works with the faculty and external advisory panels to advance the GFRC’s goals and disseminate its research.

University Distinguished Professor

Kenneth A. Kriz is University Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois Springfield. Professor Kriz conducts research focusing on subnational debt policy and administration, public pension fund management, government financial risk management, economic and revenue forecasting, and behavioral public finance. He has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters along with a textbook on quantitative research methods in public administration. Professor Kriz has consulted with several public and nonprofit organizations on financial and economic matters.  

In the News

February 15, 2022

IGPA in the News: Fiscal and Economic Policy Working Group member Don Fullerton co-authors op-ed on climate policy and equity

February 7, 2022

IGPA in the News: Fiscal and Economic Working Group co-lead David Merriman gives an assessment of proposed tax cuts in Gov. J.B. Pritzker's budget
Chicago Tribune