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Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals for ABFM’s 36th Annual Research Conference

September 26 – 28, 2024
at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Public Affairs and Education

Health Care and Public Finance

Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2024

The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management invites proposals for panels, papers, and posters for its 36th annual research conference, September 26-28 at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Public Affairs and Education. Proposals are invited from scholars, students, and practitioners of public budgeting and financial management on the full range of topics encompassed by our name. Proposals should address relevant issues at any level of government or other public-serving organization, across the full range of practical and theoretical applications. Examples of topics from panels and presentations in previous years are provided below. There is a special interest in topics related to the conference theme of public health and public finance. Cleveland is home to the globally elite Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and MetroHeath System, and a plenary focusing on the budgeting and finance of healthcare programs will be featured. However, any topic proposals for panels and papers are invited that address the theory and practice of public budgeting and finance at any level of government and in nonprofit organizations (see “Examples of Previous Years’ Presentation Topics” below).

Panel, paper, and poster proposals must be received by the submission deadline to be considered for inclusion in the 2024 conference. Questions or comments about your proposal should be sent to the conference committee chair Justin Ross (justross@iu.edu). Notice of accepted proposals will be sent by June 15. Conference registration, hotel, and travel information will be available soon at https://abfm.org.


Levin College and Crowne Plaza Hotel are in the midst of the second-largest theater district in the country. The venue is a mile away from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center as well as an easy walk to the Public Square. University Circle features multiple museums, botanical gardens, Severance Hall (home of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra), and the Cleveland Museum of Art (voted second-best museum in the US).


Panels consist of a collection of up to four (4) presenters under a common theme. Proposals for panels must include the following:

  1. Title of proposed panel (maximum 30 characters)
  2. Panel chair or host (Name, title, institutional affiliation, email contact)
  3. Panel summary (Up to 150-word abstract summarizing panel)
  4. Panelists (Name, title, institutional affiliation, title of presentation, email contact)

Multiple panel proposals are welcome, please indicate the priority of each panel.


Proposals for individual paper presentations. These will be assembled with other individual papers of similar themes into a session panel. Proposals must include the following:

  1. Title of proposed paper or presentation (maximum 30 characters)
  2. Presenting Author (Name, title, institution affiliation, email contact)
  3. Abstract (up to 150 words)
  4. List of any co-authors (names, titles, affiliations, emails)


A dedicated time slot will be used for accepted posters to be presented, and a panel will select an outstanding poster for recognition and a modest financial award. The session is open to doctoral students.

  1. Title of proposed poster (maximum of 30 characters)
  2. Author (Name of doctoral student, institutional affiliation, name of major advisor, expected defense month/year)
  3. Abstract (150 word abstract for the proposed poster)

Examples of Previous Years’ Presentation Topics

  • Accounting and Financial Reporting
  • Budget Theory
  • Budgeting and Economic Development
  • Capital Planning and Budgeting
  • Citizen Participation in Budgeting
  • Debt Financing and Management
  • Education Finance
  • Federal Budgeting
  • Financing Urban Governments
  • Fiscal Health
  • Forecasting
  • Healthcare Finance
  • Intergovernmental Finance/ Fiscal Federalism
  • International/Comparative Budgeting
  • Investment Management
  • Municipal Securities
  • Not-for-Profit Finance/Financial Management
  • Performance Budgeting
  • Politics of the Budgetary Process
  • Public Pensions
  • Public-Private-Nonprofit Partnerships
  • Revenue Diversification
  • Tax Policy and Administration
  • Transportation Finance
  • Public Budgeting and Finance related to policy areas such as National Security, Cybersecurity, Climate Change, Housing, Social Unrest, Disasters, etc.

Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2024