My research focuses on issues at the nexus of individuals and the government, especially taxes, regulation, and public finance.


Thom, Michael. 2017. Tax Politics and Policy. New York: Routledge. [Available at and from Routledge]


Peer Reviewed Studies:

Thom, Michael. 2018. “Lights, Camera, but No Action? Tax and Economic Development Lessons from State Motion Picture Incentive Programs.” American Review of Public Administration 48(1): 33 – 51. [Link]

Thom, Michael, and Brian An. 2017. “Fade to Black? Exploring Policy Enactment and Termination through the Rise and Fall of State Tax Incentives for the Motion Picture Industry.” 2017. American Politics Research 45(1): 85 – 108. [Link]

Thom, Michael. 2017. “The Drivers of Public Sector Pension Reform Across the U.S. States.” American Review of Public Administration 47(4): 431 – 442. [Link]

Thom, Michael. 2017. “I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Been Asked This Before: Bringing ‘Why Government’ and ‘Which Government’ to the Classroom.” Journal of Public Affairs Education 23(1): 563 – 570. [Link]

Reilly, Thom, and Michael Thom. 2017. “Local Government Sick-Leave Practices: An Exploratory Study.” Review of Public Personnel Administration 37(4): 492 – 510. [Link]

Thom, Michael, and Anthony Randazzo. 2015. “Underfunding Annual Pension Contributions: Examining the Factors Behind an Ongoing Fiscal Phenomenon.” State and Local Government Review 47(1): 35 – 44. [Link]

Thom, Michael, and Thom Reilly. 2015. “Compensation Benchmarking Practices in U.S. Local Governments: Results of a National Survey.” Public Personnel Management 44(3): 340 – 355. With Thom Reilly. [Link]

Thom, Michael. 2015. “A Divided Branch: Legislative Chambers and the Varied Effects of Party Strength on Policy Outcomes in the American States.” Research & Politics 2(1): 1 – 8. [Link]

Thom, Michael. 2013. “Politics, Fiscal Necessity or Both? Factors Driving the Enactment of Defined Contribution Accounts for Public Employees.” Public Administration Review 73(3): 480 – 489. [Link]

Thom, Michael. 2013. “All of the Above: How Fiscal, Political, and Workforce Traits Affect Pension Funding.” State and Local Government Review 45(3): 163 – 171. [Link]


Related Blog Posts:

"Why don’t state governments terminate failing programs? They spent too much." London School of Economics, American Politics and Policy Blog, 2016. [Link]

"State Pension Plans are Unsustainable." Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2015. [Link]

"Film Tax Credits Don't Grow the Economy." Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2015. [Link]


Media Quotes and Citations:

Freakonomics Radio, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Daily News, Variety, Arizona Republic, The Oregonian, Village Voice, The Nevada Independent, US News & World Report, The Hollywood Reporter, LA Biz, News Radio KFBK, Lexington Herald-Ledger, NBC Los Angeles, CBS Los Angeles,, The Journal News (New York), The Democrat & Chronicle (New York), City Journal, Budget & Tax News, Tax Analysts, The Oklahoman, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal