Public Finance & Economics

Our research examines three main themes:

  • How the government raises revenue through taxes and borrowing, and on how the government disburses those funds.
  • How the government plans, controls, and accounts for such activities through budgeting and accounting, as well as the design and administration of all of these functions.
  • The impact of public sector activities on the economic behavior of individuals, firms, nonprofit organizations, and markets, and on economic efficiency.

Faculty Members

David B. Audretsch
Director, Institute of Development Strategies
(812) 855-6766
SPEA 211

  • Economic Policy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Globalization
  • Regional Economic Policy

Sameeksha Desai
Associate Director, Institute for Development Strategies
(812) 856-4647
SPEA 215

  • Entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development policy
  • Political economy and allocation of entrepreneurship in areas of political instability, conflict, and disaster
  • Postconflict reconstruction
  • Social entrepreneurship

Denvil R. Duncan
Associate Professor
(812) 855-7493

  • Public Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Economic Development

Seth Freedman
Assistant Professor
(812) 855-5054
SPEA 355

  • Health Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Labor Economics

Bradley T. Heim
(812) 855-9783

  • Impact of income taxes on individual behavior
  • Impact of audits on tax compliance
  • Affordable Care Act and labor market outcomes
  • Causes of increasing income inequality

Craig Johnson
Associate Professor
(812) 855-0732
SPEA 229

  • Capital markets and financial intermediation
  • Financial management, public budgeting, and finance
  • Financing e-government
  • Financing economic development
  • Environmental and infrastructure finance

Robert Kravchuk
(812) 856-7888
SPEA 331

  • Public Finance
  • Macro-budgeting
  • Public Debt Markets
  • U.S. Defense Department Procurement Management
  • Political Economy of Reform in Formerly Socialist Countries

Kerry Krutilla
Associate Professor
(812) 855-0492
SPEA 461

  • Theory and practice of benefit-cost analysis
  • Environmental and natural resource modeling and policy evaluation

Antung Anthony Liu
Assistant Professor
(812) 856-4647

  • Climate change policy
  • Environment in developing countries
  • Pollution issues and the interactions between the environment and the economy in China

John L. Mikesell
Chancellor's Professor Emeritus
(812) 855-0732
SPEA 408

  • Governmental finance, especially questions of policy and administration of sales and property taxation
  • State lotteries
  • Public budgeting
  • Public finance in countries of the former Soviet Union

Ashlyn Aiko Nelson
Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
(812) 855-0732

  • Causes and consequences of inequality in housing and education
  • Social justice
  • School finance
  • Housing finance

Victoria A. Perez
Assistant Professor
(812) 856-4647

  • Private and governmental financing of healthcare
  • Insurance economics, finance, and regulation

Daniel Preston
Clinical Assistant Professor
(812) 856-4925
SPEA 217

  • International Affairs
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Corporate and Public Sector Strategy
  • Country Competitiveness
  • Financial Markets
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Good Governance and Policy Analysis

Justin Ross
Associate Professor
(812) 856-7559

  • State and local public finance topics
  • Property taxes
  • Property assessment
  • Local income taxes
  • Zoning, local governance coordination, and tax amnesty programs

Barry M. Rubin
Professor Emeritus
(812) 855-4556
SPEA 408

  • Urban and regional economic development and impact analysis
  • State-level energy policy analysis and modeling
  • State-level impacts of global climate change
  • Quantitative analysis of local government management and labor relations issues
  • Statistics and quantitative methods
  • Econometric modeling
  • Strategic planning and management

Michael Rushton
(812) 855-2947
Bryan Hall 210

  • Cultural economics, policy and administration
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Tax policy
  • Current research concerns cultural districts and tax policy towards nonprofit organizations and charitable donations

Kosali Simon
Herman B Wells Endowed Professor
(812) 856-3850
SPEA 357

  • Health economics and policy
  • The impact of state and federal regulations attempting to ease the availability of private and public health insurance for vulnerable populations
  • Health and labor market outcomes

Anh Tran
Associate Professor
(812) 855-0563

  • Institutions and behavior of bureaucrats, entrepreneurs, and workers in developing countries

Coady Wing
Assistant Professor
(812) 855-0563

  • Health and Social Policy
  • Regulation of Labor Markets
  • Causal Inference
  • Applied Econometrics

Nikolaos Zirogiannis
Assistant Scientist
(812) 856-8323
SPEA 331

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Time Series
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Environmental Policy

C. Kurt Zorn
(812) 855-0563
SPEA 459

  • State and Local Finance
  • Transportation Safety
  • Economic Development
  • Gaming Policy