Sat, Jun 16, 2018

Maps in R using urbnmapr

The Urban Institute has released a new package for mapping state and county data in R, urbnmapr. Their posts can be found here and here. Since I occasionally write about how to make simple maps in R, I am going to quickly go from start to finish on making a county map.

Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Teaching Public Finance with John Oliver

Ever so often, I teach public finance to graduate students. I have found for many topics it helps to motivate them by providing some “real world” examples (sidenote: I hate that term). Last Week Tonight with John Oliver provides many such examples, presented in a let’s say unique way. He’s gotten very close to cover nearly every topic I would want to cover. I have tried to lay them out in a coherent way. Enjoy!

Fri, Mar 31, 2017

State Collection of Local Government Public Finance Data

In a conversation with a few colleagues, the question came up of which states collect public finance data on their respective local governments. Over the years, I have been keeping a list of such resources just in case I might want/need to use the data for a project. It dawned on me that I probably should not be hoarding this resource.

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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