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Fred Giertz

Fred Giertz

Primary Affiliation: Professor Emeritus, Institute of Government and Public Affairs | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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

Policy Expertise

Regional economic development
Public finance
Public pensions
Public choice

Experience & Background

Fred Giertz
About
Experience & Background

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.

Additional Credentials

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

Professional Appointments

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.

Education

1964 – Wichita University, Bachelor of Arts
1966 – Northwestern University, Master of Arts
1970 – Northwestern University, Doctor of Philosophy

Recent Publications

November U of I Flash Index remained steady at 103.7 after seven months of decline.
November U of I Flash Index remained steady at 103.7 after seven months of decline.

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