Research

My research explores problems at the intersection of people and government, including taxes, regulation, economic development, and other aspects of public finance. Links to most of my published work are included below - or, check out my Google Scholar profile.

Books

Taxing Sin: The Folly of Taxes on Alcohol, Tobacco, Sugar, Marijuana, and Other Twenty-First Century Transgressions. In progress.

Tax Politics and Policy. 2017. New York/London: Routledge | Available at amazon.com and from Routledge

Peer-Reviewed Studies

“Teaching Public Financial Management: An Integrated Approach to a Critical Subject.” 2018. Forthcoming in Teaching Public Administration. | Link

"Time to Yell 'Cut'? An Evaluation of the California Film and Production Tax Credit for the Motion Picture Industry." 2018. California Journal of Politics and Policy 10(1): 1-20 | Link

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

“Volunteerism as Co-production in Public Service Management: Application to Public Safety in California.” With Juliet Musso and Matthew Young. 2018. Public Management Review, forthcoming | Link

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

“The Drivers of Public Sector Pension Reform Across the U.S. States.” 2017. American Review of Public Administration 47(4): 431-442 | Link

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

“Local Government Sick-Leave Practices: An Exploratory Study.” With Thom Reilly. 2017. Review of Public Personnel Administration 37(4): 492-510 | Link

“Underfunding Annual Pension Contributions: Examining the Factors Behind an Ongoing Fiscal Phenomenon.” 2015. State and Local Government Review 47(1): 35-44 | Link

“Compensation Benchmarking Practices in U.S. Local Governments: Results of a National Survey.” With Thom Reilly. 2015. Public Personnel Management 44(3): 340-355. With Thom Reilly | Link

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

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

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

Commentaries

"Why Don’t State Governments Terminate Failing Programs? They Spent Too Much." 2016. London School of Economics, American Politics and Policy Blog | Link

"State Pension Plans are Unsustainable." 2015. Mackinac Center for Public Policy | Link

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