November 17, 2021

The structure of US local governments is often a poor predictor of local economic growth

I recently had the pleasure of writing a blog post for the London School of Economic’s US Centre Blog. It covers a recent publication in the Journal of Urban Affairs on the implications of local government structure on long-run economic growth in the US metropolitan areas. You can find more information about this piece here. See below for the full text of the post as well as a link to the original.

July 14, 2021

Academic Project Management Notion (Update)

About a year ago, I wrote a small post about how I use Notion as a project management tool (the post is here). I didn’t really expect it to be as popular as it is, but I also didn’t expect myself to change too much about the process either. It was working. Fast forward one, sort of over, but not really pandemic later. Things have certainly changed, sort of. This post is meant to explain some of those changes and to provide a template for anyone who wants to give this a spin.

April 22, 2021

Special Districts: America’s Shadow Governments

I recently had the pleasure of writing a short blog post for the UIC Government Finance Research Center’s blog. The piece is a bit of a short explainer on special districts in the United States and a few fiscal issues that arise. It’s by no means comprehensive but part of a broader focus I have on writing more popular or policy focused work on these relatively hidden local governments. Below is the intro (I don’t have full re-print rights) and a link to the original.

April 16, 2021

Municipal Fragmentation in U.S. Metro Areas in 3 Maps

Over on Twitter, Dan Immergluck (GSU) asked about what municipal fragmentation in the U.S. at the metropolitan level looked like. I, an expert on local government fragmentation, saw it as my duty to get to the bottom of this. I have the data to do it. It only needs to be reworked slightly.

Some of my random musing. Typically on data visualization. Sometimes my research. Sometimes both. View an index of posts by category.



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