Public Finance

Bonser Distinguished Lecture Series Keynote Speaker

Tracy Gordon
Senior Fellow
Urban Institute-Brookings Tax Policy Center

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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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Previous conference topics

2016 Conference

“Next Generation Public Finance”
Georgia State University
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

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2015 Conference

“Federal, State, and Local Budgets in Jeopardy”
Indiana University
School of Public and Environmental Affairs