Public Finance & Economics
Research in Public Finance and Public Economics at SPEA focuses on how the government raises revenue through taxes and borrowing, and on how the government spends it. We also study 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. Finally, SPEA faculty examine the impact of such public sector activities on the economic behavior of individuals, firms, nonprofit organizations, and markets, and on economic efficiency.
Distinguished Professor, Ameritech Chair of Economic Development
Professor and Director, Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and Online MPA
Clinical Assistant Professor
Professor and Policy Analysis and Public Finance Faculty Chair
Professor and Director of Arts Administration Programs
Visiting Assistant Professor
Professor and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Researchers find students in high-poverty schools are less likely to benefit
An Indiana University fiscal benchmarking project has produced its first report, and it contains cautionary news for state and local officials and Hoosier taxpayers.
A new study by John Mikesell and Cheol Liu identifies the most corrupt and least corrupt states in the United States and calculates that government corruption costs American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars a year.
The study examines the 50 states' use of derivatives between 2003 and 2009. It finds that no more than about 10 percent of state debt was tied to derivatives in any year.
There is consensus that the best alternative to the gas tax we currently pay is a system of fees based on vehicle miles of travel and vehicle weight, referred to as VMT-F.
Long portrayed as stagnant in economic terms, the income growth of the U.S. middle class may be much greater than suggested by economists such as Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, according to a new study.
The study, released today by Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, provides the first detailed examination of the return on investment for donating merchandise as opposed to liquidating or destroying it.
The study compiles evidence of tax evasion from a confidential database of almost 25,000 corporate audits performed by the Internal Revenue Service between 1997 and 2006. It compares those results with corruption norms from Transparency International's widely used Corruption Perception Index.
In this issue Craig Johnson discusses the United States credit rating falling from triple-A to AA+.
The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Good360, formerly Gifts In Kind International, have completed the first year of a unique, ongoing collaboration designed to measure the impacts of corporate gifts-in-kind to non-profit organizations.
Steps needed to reduce likelihood that pilot commuting practices could pose safety risk, but too little data now to support regulation
The report was requested by Congress due to concerns about pilots' commuting practices and whether they could lead to dangerous levels of fatigue, given that some pilots do not live near the airports where they are based and must travel long distances before beginning their flight duty. Such concerns increased following a fatal Colgan Air crash in Buffalo, N.Y., on Feb. 12, 2009.
“We learned that there are more start-up businesses coming out of university research than had been measured,” Audretsch, said.
Mikesell, an authority on the revenue side of public finance, said the textbook will help students understand where money for public budgets comes from and teach them to "run the numbers."