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


Tax Politics and Policy. New York/London: Routledge. [Available at and from Routledge]


Peer Reviewed Studies:

"Time to Yell 'Cut'? An Evaluation of the California Film and Production Tax Credit for the Motion Picture Industry." 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.” American Review of Public Administration 48(1): 33 – 51. [Link]

“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]

“The Drivers of Public Sector Pension Reform Across the U.S. States.” 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.” Journal of Public Affairs Education 23(1): 563 – 570. [Link]

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

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

“Compensation Benchmarking Practices in U.S. Local Governments: Results of a National Survey.” 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.” Research & Politics 2(1): 1 – 8. [Link]

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

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


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