Working Papers


  • “Political Fragmentation & Economic Growth in U.S. Metropolitan Areas.” Journal of Urban Affairs Abstract  pdf
  • “Patterns in Special District Creation and Dissolution.” Abstract  pdf
  • “State Tensions in State-Local Intergovernmental Response to Emergencies: The Case of COVID-19.” Abstract  pdf
  • “The Consequences of Specialized Governance on Spending and Expansion of Public Transit.” Local Government Studies Abstract  pdf
  • “State Preemption of Local Laws: Origins and Modern Trends.“ Abstract  pdf


  • “State Legislative Ideology & the Preemption of City Ordinances: The Case of Worker Rights Laws.” Abstract  pdf

Articles and Book Chapters


  • “The Fiscal Impacts of Urban Sprawl: Evidence from U.S. County Areas.” Public Budgeting & Finance 39 (4): 3-27. Abstract  pdf
  • “Local Government Fragmentation: What Do We Know?” State and Local Government Review 51 (2): 134-144. Abstract  pdf
  • “Do Cities and Counties Attempt to Circumvent Changes in Their Autonomy by Creating Special Districts?” The American Review of Public Administration 49 (2): 203-217. Abstract  pdf


  • “House Prices and Property Tax Revenues During the Boom and Bust: Evidence from Small-Area Estimates.” Growth and Change 49 (4): 636-656. Abstract  pdf
  • “Jurisdictional Overlap & the Size of the Local Public Workforce.” State and Local Government Review 50 (1): 15-23. Abstract  pdf
  • “Usage of Specialized Service Delivery: Evidence from Contiguous Counties.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 48 (4): 686-708. Abstract  pdf


  • “Assessing the Influence of Property Tax Delinquency and Foreclosures on Residential Property Sales” Urban Affairs Review 53 (5): 898-923. Abstract  pdf


  • “Local Government Fragmentation and the Local Public Sector: A Panel Data Analysis” Public Finance Review 43 (1): 82-107. Abstract  pdf


  • “Cost shocks and their relationship to the creation, consolidation and dissolution of US local governments” Public Finance & Management 13 (2): 58-79 Abstract  pdf
  • “Understanding and Measuring Elasticity, Volatility, and Implications for Local Government Fiscal Health” Handbook of Local Government Fiscal Health, edited by Jonathan B. Justice, Helisse Levine, and Eric Scorsone. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, Inc. Abstract  pdf


  • “The Effects of Assessment Quality on Revenue Volatility” Public Budgeting & Finance 31 (1): 76–94. Abstract  pdf

Essays and Reviews


  • “Do cities and counties circumvent state policy? One potential mechanism.” Death and Taxes. Abstract  pdf



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