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David Merriman

David Merriman

Primary Affiliation: Interim Director, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, James J. Stukel Presidential Professor, Department of Public Policy, Management and Analytics, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs | University of Illinois Chicago

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Interim Director, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, James J. Stukel Presidential Professor, Department of Public Policy, Management and Analytics, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs | University of Illinois Chicago

Policy Expertise

Fiscal Futures Project
COVID-19 Task Force
Income Tax Structure
Budgeting for Results
Tax Increment Financing

Experience & Background

David Merriman
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Experience & Background

David F. Merriman is the leader of IGPA’s Fiscal and Economic Policy 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. He has also studied Walmart’s impact on urban economic development. His most recent research concerns state and local business taxation.

Academic Affiliations

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA. 

Visting Fellow, 2014 – 2018.

Illinois Tax Foundation.

Member on the Technical Advisory Board, 2009 – 2015.

Economic Development Quarterly. 

Associate Editor, 2015 to present. 

Journal of Urban Affairs. 

Editorial Board, 2015 to present. 

Public Finance Review. 

Editorial Board, 2006 to present. 

Education

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin; M.S., 1980; Ph.D., 1983.

American University, Washington D.C.; B.S., 1976.

Recent Publications

A deep dive on South Carolina’s property tax system: complex, inequitable and uncompetitive
A deep dive on South Carolina’s property tax system: complex, inequitable and uncompetitive

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