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
Distinguished Professor

daudrets@indiana.edu
(812) 855-6766
211

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

B. Andrew Chupp
Senior Lecturer

chuppa@iu.edu
375C

  • Public Choice
  • Public Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Energy Economics
  • Public Policy
  • International Macroeconomics

Sameeksha Desai
Associate Professor

desai@indiana.edu
(812) 856-4647
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

duncande@indiana.edu
(812) 855-7493
375F

  • Public Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Economic Development

Seth Freedman
Assistant Professor

freedmas@indiana.edu
(812) 855-5054
355

  • Health Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Labor Economics

Bradley T. Heim
Professor

heimb@indiana.edu
(812) 855-9783
375J

  • 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

crljohns@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0732
229

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

Robert Kravchuk
Professor

kravchuk@indiana.edu
(812) 856-7888
331

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

Kerry Krutilla
Professor

krutilla@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0492
461

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

Antung Anthony Liu
Assistant Professor

aaliu@indiana.edu
(812) 856-4647
375D

  • 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

mikesell@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0732
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
Associate Professor

ashlyn@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0732
410D

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

Victoria A. Perez
Assistant Professor

vieperez@indiana.edu
(812) 856-4647
375G

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

Daniel Preston
Clinical Associate Professor

prestond@indiana.edu
(812) 856-4925
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

justross@indiana.edu
(812) 856-7559
375E

  • 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

rubin@indiana.edu
(812) 855-4556
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
Professor

mirushto@iu.edu
(812) 855-2947
A323

  • 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

simonkos@indiana.edu
(812) 856-3850
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

trananh@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0563
410J

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

Coady Wing
Assistant Professor

cwing@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0563
339A

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

Nikolaos Zirogiannis
Assistant Scientist

nzirogia@indiana.edu
(812) 856-8323
331

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

C. Kurt Zorn
Professor

zorn@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0563
459

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