Call for Papers: 2019 Municipal Finance Conference at Brookings

From the call:

We are seeking papers for our 8th annual conference, to be held July 15-16, 2019, at the Brookings Institution. The Municipal Finance Conference aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and state and local government officials to discuss recent research on municipal finance and economic and fiscal issues affecting state and local governments more broadly. In recent years, paper topics have included changing rules for advance refunding, the impact of local newspaper closures on municipal borrowing costs, an analysis of the Kansas tax reform, pricing and ownership trends in U.S. green bonds, issues in financing public pensions, and changes in the municipal advisor market in the post Dodd-Frank era.

Understanding municipal markets means understanding what influences regional, state and local economic and fiscal conditions, so we are interested in a broad assortment of papers.

  • Deadline for proposals is Friday, March 1, 2019.
  • We are seeking proposals for a broad variety of topics on any aspect of state and local fiscal policy and finance.
  • Papers do not have to be original to this conference. We welcome papers that have been presented elsewhere.
  • Please send your proposal or abstract to Haowen Chen (
  • Selection decisions will be made by Friday, April 5, and drafts of selected papers will be due by Friday, June 7.

Additional details about the conference can be found on its website – check back for updates.

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