Public Finance

Bonser Distinguished Lecture Series Keynote Speaker

Tracy Gordon
Senior Fellow
Urban Institute-Brookings Tax Policy Center

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The conference will take place in the executive classroom, A335, in the newly opened Paul O’Neil Graduate Center at IU SPEA, 1315 E. 10th Street, Bloomington, Indiana. 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) Biddle Hotel on the IU campus—the closest hotel at only an 8 minute walk to the conference. The block code for reservations is SPEAFINANCE and is good for reservations made by March 27, 2017. 

The closest airport to Bloomington is the Indianapolis International Airport (IND), located approximately an hour away. For GPS directions, the IMU address is 900 E. Seventh St. Bloomington, Indiana.

Classic Touch Limo
(866) 319-0082

Call Classic Touch Limo service or fill out the web form to reserve a limo to take you from the airport to the IMU, or as a return service. Calling about two weeks ahead is recommended, however you can call the number above if you need the reservation within 48 hours. You can choose to share a limousine with other Bloomington travelers, as well. Prices start at $86.25 for a one-way trip to/from Bloomington.

GO Express Travel Shuttle
(800) 589-6004

GO Express Travel runs shuttles from the Indianapolis Airport to different locations in Bloomington. Schedule your transportation on their website and choose “I.U. Memorial Union – Bloomington” as your destination. You can also choose to schedule the trip back to the airport as well. The shuttles run $18 per trip, so $36 per round trip.

Go Express Travel Car Service 

Go Express Travel can also be used to book private car services from the airport to Bloomington. Use the above link to book a ride. Prices vary depending on car type.

Star of America Shuttle Service
1 (800) 228-0814

Star of America runs shuttles from the Indianapolis Airport to locations in Bloomington.  The website has a schedule of pick-up times from the airport and from Bloomington. Make sure you are choosing “Bloomington – IU – Memorial Union” as your “Going To” location. The shuttles run $18 per trip and can be used to get back to the airport as well.

Thursday, April 27

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Reception at Nick's English Hut

Friday, April 28

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.


8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome from the Dean and thanks to our sponsors

Session I: Sales Tax Policy

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

The Impact of the “Amazon Tax” on Local Sales Tax Revenue

  • By Whitney Afonso, University of North Carolina
  • Discussant: Min Su, Louisiana State University

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

Local Sales Taxes, Employment, and Tax Competition

  • By Shawn Rohlin, Kent State University
  • Discussant: Andrew Chupp, Georgia Tech University

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Sales Tax Holidays: Evidence on Incidence

  • By Justin M. Ross (with Felipe Lozano-Rojas), Indiana University SPEA
  • Discussant: Todd Ely, University of Colorado-Denver

Session II: Behavioral

11:15 a.m. – Noon

Do savings increase in response to salient information about retirement and expected pensions?

  • By Phillip Doerrenberg, ZEW Mannheim
  • Discussant: Yilin Hou, Syracuse University

Noon – 12:45 p.m.

Hidden Baggage: Behavioral Responses to Changes in Airline Ticket Tax Disclosure

  • By Naomi Feldman (with Sebastien Bradley), Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank
  • Discussant: Anh Pham, George Mason University

1:00-2:00 p.m.

In Room PV167
“Crisis Federalism: Is our intergovernmental system ready for the next recession?”
Tracy Gordon, Brookings

            Session III: Devolution? Innovation?

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Slow tax revenue growth, rising pension contributions, and Medicaid growth lead state and local governments to reshape their finances

  • By Donald Boyd and Lucy Dadayan, Rockefeller Institute
  • Discussant: Bart Hildreth, Georgia State University

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Impacts of Private Prison Contracting on Inmate Time Served and Recidivism

  • By Anita Mukherjee, University of Wisconsin
  • Discussant: Joshua Hall, West Virginia University

Session IV: Budgeting

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Tax Revenue Volatility and Municipal Financial Slack Accumulation

  • By Min Su, Louisiana State University
  • Discussant: Dan Mullins, EY

5:00 – 5:45 p.m.

Budgeting for Mandatory Spending

  • By Marvin Phaup, George Washington University
  • Discussant: David Mitchell, University of Central Florida

6:45 – 9:00 p.m.

Bonser Reception at Uptown Café

Saturday, April 29

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast at SPEA

Session V: Tax Compliance

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Taxpayer Responses to Third-Party Income Reporting: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Taxicab Industry

  • By Bibek Adhikari (with Michael Sebastiani, Jim Alm, Collins, and Wilking), Illinois State University
  • Discussant: Bradley Heim, Indiana University SPEA

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

To What Extent Does Enforcement Crowd Out Voluntary Tax Compliance?

  • By Leandra Lederman, Professor, Indiana University Mauer School of Law
  • Discussant: Joseph Cordes, George Washington University

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Audit Publicity and Tax Compliance: A Quasi-Natural Experiment

  • By Denvil Duncan (with Pietro Battison and Simona Gamba), Indiana University SPEA
  • Discussant: Sutirtha Bagchi, Villanova Department of Economics

Session VI: Debt and Financial Markets

11:00 – 11:45  a.m.

Do the Municipal Bond Markets Value Municipal Fiscal Health?

  • By Sarah Larson (with Konul Amrahova, Bart Hildreth, Peter Bluestone), University of Central Florida
  • Discussant: Kenneth A. Kriz, Wichita State University

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Private Placements and the Cost of Borrowing in the Municipal Debt Market

  • By Tima Moldogaziev (with Robert Greer and Jekyung Lee), Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
  • Discussant: Justin Marlowe, University of Washington

12:30 p.m.

Take-away Lunches

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