The Government Finance Research Center partners with various public and private groups making our research informative, wide-spread, and accessible.


City Budgets  in an Era of Increased Uncertainty (2018, Published by Brookings)

This paper, by CUPPA's Dean Michael Pagano and the California Budget and Policy's Christopher W. Hoene, examines the extent to which cities can take on greater fiscal responsibilities based on their “fiscal policy space,” a framework for understanding cities’ fiscal capacity and adaptability. The paper includes a typology that assesses 100 large cities on their fiscal capacities, especially in relation to constraints imposed by states or cities’ own tax misalignment with their economic bases. It closes with implications for local and state actions.

Research In Progress:

·         “Estimating the impact of the State and Local Tax Deduction on Illinois’ Communities” by Professor Yonghong Wu (public administration), for the Illinois Finance Authority 

·         “The effect of the Affordable Health Care Act on tax-exempt borrowing costs” by Professor Dermot Murphy (finance)

·         “Economic Structure and Government Fiscal Fitness” by Professor Josh Drucker (urban planning)

·         “An examination of state intervention in municipal pension funding in Illinois” by Amanda Kass (associate director, GFRC)

·         “The role of actuarial “shopping” in pension funding: Evaluating the extent to which municipalities shop for actuaries” by Amanda Kass

·         “Working with Financial Data as a Critical Geographer” by Amanda Kass

·         “Fiscal capacity and state and local ballot initiatives” by Michael Pagano

·         “Municipal Fiscal Structure and Its Relationship to Economic Growth” by Yonghong Wu 

·         “When is a Crisis a Crisis? An examination of Pension Underfunding and State Intervention in Suburban Communities” by Amanda Kass