Call for Papers: Virtual Conference on Politics and Administration in Public Finance

A conference on the theme “Politics and Administration in Public Finance” is occurring virtually on May 28-29, 2021. The keynote speaker is Casey Mulligan, the Chicago economics professor who was Trump’s Chief of the Council of Economic Advisers, and now has an autobiography of that experience.

Indiana University’s Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs invites proposals for a virtual conference on research in public finance. Topics are open to any area of public finance and can explore policies of any country and level of government, but of particular interest are topics that have direct relevance to the importance of politics and public administration of fiscal systems. Paper proposals will be competitively selected by a committee. We encourage submissions from all disciplines, including economics, political science, sociology, public administration, and law. Authors will get approximately 30 minutes to present their work, which will be followed by discussant comments and audience feedback.

Proposals are due January 15, 2021 through the conference website here.

Proposals can include full drafts, but should at least include title and abstract. Direct questions to Justin Ross.

The theme of the Fifth Annual Public Finance Consortium is “Politics and Administration in Public Finance.” In the wake of the recent U.S. election, there is enormous interest in political division, polarization, political geography, constitutional protections of political minorities, and public administration. These topics intersect with public fiscal decision making on innumerable dimensions which this conference seeks to address. Illustrative topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The politics of deficit spending
  • Conducting tax audits of political actors
  • Extracting revenue across the urban-rural divide
  • Trade-offs in different considerations of “Tax Justice”
  • Allocating expenditures in comparative electoral systems
  • Constitutional rights in taxing political minorities
  • Equity concerns in expenditure choices and/or revenue raising alternatives
  • The administration of fiscal and monetary policy