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.

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.

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.

Robert C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business

Jon Davis served as interim director of IGPA from August 2017 until January 2020. Prior to joining the institute, Davis served as head of the nationally acclaimed Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2012-2017 and continues to hold the Robert C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business as a professor of accountancy. He is a CPA and he worked at Deloitte, Haskins and Sells in tax before pursuing his Ph.D. Degree at University of Arizona.

In the News

November 11, 2020

IGPA in the news: Senior Scholar Christopher Mooney discusses Pritzker’s inability to gain enough support to pass the graduated income tax amendment
Chicago Tribune

November 7, 2020

IGPA in the news: Senior Scholar Brian Gaines explains Illinois voters’ reluctance to vote for the graduated income tax amendment
Alton Daily News