ABFM Students on the Job Market

The Annual Meetings of the Association of Public Budgeting & Financial Management occurs this week September 30-October 2 in Washington D.C. at the Georgetown Marriot. In this post I’m continuing my tradition of sharing information about doctoral students on the job market. I eagerly look forward to seeing old colleagues and meeting these new scholars at these meetings.

While by records there are dozens of doctoral students, these are ones about whom I was able to obtain some information about their on-going research, with apologies to those whom I could not find:

Aisha Ahmadu, Mississippi State University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Aisha’s dissertation looks at the impact of disasters on government finance. Aisha is presenting “Effect of Disaster Declaration, Disaster Damage, and Jurisdictional Vulnerability on Local Tax Revenue” in Impacts of Disasters on Public Budgets on Saturday, Session 10, 9:15-10:30.

Yoon-Jung Choi, Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Yoon-Jung’s research focuses on fragmentation and overlap in tax, expenditure, and regulatory functions, and her dissertation examines the impact and incidence of property tax. Yoon-Jung is presenting two papers: “The Value of Mandatory Audit: Evidence from Nonprofits” in New Research in Governmental Accounting and Reporting on Friday, West End, 1:45-3:00 and “Tipping toward Fiscal Stress: How Do School Districts Perceive and React to Fiscal Stress Signals?” in New Challenges and Strategies for Policy Institutions Supporting Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations on Friday, Thomas, 3:15-4:30.

Lindsey Interlante, University of Delaware, Joseph R. Biden School of Public Policy & Administration
Linsey’s research interests are in public finance, urban policy, fiscal health, poverty, and government accountability. Linsey is presenting “The Earned Income Tax Credit and Local Fiscal Health” in Spatial Distribution of Fiscal Health on Saturday, Session 10, 9:15-10:30.

Justina Jose, Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Justina’s research interests are in the municipal bond market, fiscal federalism, debt management and fiscal policy. Her dissertation examines the role of state oversight of local government debt issuance. Justina is presenting “State Oversight of Local Debt & Overlapping Governments: An Analysis of County Governments in The Municipal Bond market in a Time of Economic Instability on Thursday, Session 5, 3:15pm-4:30pm and “Market- Based Subnational Borrowing in India: The Emerging Architecture of State Development Loans” in Research on International Debt Management on Friday, Session 7, 10:45AM- 12:00AM.

Wei-Jie Liao, University of Nebraska-Omaha, School of Public Administration
Wei-Ji Liao’s research is in citizen participation in public budgeting, and his dissertation assesses the use of budget simulations in the United States. Liao is presenting “Citizen Participation in Budgeting in the U.S.: New Mechanisms and Evolving Normative Perspectives” in New Directions in Budget Engagement and Budget Simulation Research on Friday, Session 7, 10:45-12:00.

Scott Langford, University of North Carolina, School of Public Policy
Scott’s research employs econometric techniques to investigate how local finance and public health conditions affect economic development and entrepreneurship. Scott Langford is presenting “We’re Not in Dreamland Anymore: How Local Opioid Use Affects Firm Resources and Industrial Composition” in New Revenues, New Policies: Analyzing Their Impact on Thursday, Session 5, 3:15-4:30.

Sarah Ausmus Smith, University of Kentucky, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration
Sarah’s work is on the impacts of governance arrangements on social outcomes in state and local governments. She is presenting “The Impacts of School District Consolidation on Rural Communities: Evidence from Arkansas Reform” in budgetary Effects of Local Consolidation on Thursday, Session 4, 1:45-3pm.

Ruth Winecoff, Indiana University, Paul H. O’Neill School of Public & Environmental Affairs
Ruth’s work is in the municipal bond market, and her dissertation is focused around a network analysis of private sector financial intermediaries who assist state and local governments in financing capital projects. She is presenting “Financial Intermediation in the Primary Market for Municipal Securities: A Network Perspective” in Current Research on Debt Issuance by State and Local Governments on Thursday, Session 4, 1:45-3:00.

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