Public Finance and the New Economy - Call for Proposals

April 26-27, 2018
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
14 Marietta Street NW

We are seeking paper proposals for a conference on Public Finance and the New Economy. The conference will also honor Professor David L. Sjoquist for his substantial contributions to state and local public finance.

The field of public finance is faced with challenges and opportunities arising from the new economy, sharing economy, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. The public and private sectors have more chance than ever to innovate, respond, evaluate, and improve efficiencies and accountability. We invite papers that examine how these changes affect the public sector as well as how the public sector is adapting. We expect papers in the areas of public budgeting, taxation, municipal securities, public expenditure evaluation, organizational structure, and more.

We seek new papers that will encourage and push the debate about public finance in this new world. We invite proposals for papers that examine these and other policy issues at the national and subnational levels in domestic and international contexts utilizing a variety of empirical techniques. Proposals will be reviewed and competitively selected.

Possible areas include, but are not limited to:
  • Public sector workforce
  • Behavioral responses to taxation
  • Use of big data and data analytics for public budgeting and finance
  • Innovative methodologies in public sector evaluation
  • Future of finance for the public sector
  • Municipal securities

Deadline for proposals: February 1, 2018

Proposals should include title, abstract, authors, and contact information for the submitting authors. Abstracts should not be longer than two pages.

Participants may be asked to serve as a discussant. Travel reimbursements will be available to cover the cost of travel (up to $600) and hotel expenses for one author per paper. Meals will be provided.

Proposals should be submitted to Ms. Selma Dogic at [email protected]. Questions should be directed to Professor Sally Wallace, [email protected].

Location & Schedule
The conference will take place at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will begin at 8:00 am on Thursday, April 26th and will end at 1:30 pm on Friday, April 27th.

Registration, Hotel and Travel Information will be available in March 2018 on the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies website:

The Andrew Young School of Policy of Studies is ranked among the top 25 policy schools in the nation – and among the top 5 for public finance and budgeting. Located in downtown Atlanta, at the center of one of the country’s largest hubs for government and nonprofit employment, AYSPS is recognized internationally for its impact on public policy and management. Our faculty and alumni work with and in local, state and national governments around the world to advance economic opportunity, human rights, and social justice led by the philosophy of our namesake, Ambassador Andrew Young.