Research Papers Using the Fiscally Standardized Cities Database

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2018

An, Brian, Morris Levy, and Rodney Hero. 2018. It’s not just welfare: racial inequality and the local provision of public goods in the United States. Urban Affairs Review. January 22. Link

2017

Chernick, Howard. 2017. Evaluating the effect of differences in revenue systems on the fiscal health of large U.S. cities. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper. June. Link

Chernick, Howard and Andrew Reschovsky. 2017. The fiscal condition of U.S. cities: revenues, expenditures, and the 'Great Recession.' Journal of Urban Affairs 39(4): 488-505. Link

Li, Wenjing, Matthew J. Cushing and John E. Anderson. 2017. Household mobility and the salience of local government finance policy in U.S. cities. Paper presented at 39th annual conference of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management. November 2. Link

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence. 2017. 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study: For Taxes Paid in 2016. June. Pages 8-12, 50-57. Link

McDonald, Bruce III. 2017. Measuring the fiscal health of municipalities. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper. May. Link

McMillan, Melville L. 2017. "Causes of sprawl': a (further) public finance extension. October. Link

Overton, Michael and Robert Bland. 2017. The impact of industrial diversification and clustering on the volatility of city budgets. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper. May. Link

Overton, Michael and Robert Bland. 2017. Exploring the linkage between economic base, revenue growth, and revenue stability in large municipal governments. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper. May. Link

Welch, Patrick. 2017. Development patterns and municipal finances: an analysis of sprawl and spending in 82 U.S. cities. Master’s paper in City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina. Link

2016

Bernardo, Richie. 2016. 2016’s cities with the most efficient public spending. Wallet Hub. April 4. Link

Manville, Michael and Daniel Kuhlmann. 2016. The social and fiscal consequences of urban decline: evidence from large American cities, 1980-2010. Urban Affairs Review. Link

McMillan, Melville L. 2016. Municipal revenue generation and sprawl: implications for the Calgary and Edmonton metropolitan regions derived from an extension of “Causes of Sprawl.” University of Calgary School of Public Policy Technical Paper 9(40). December. Link

Merriman, David. 2016. What determines the level of local business property taxes? Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Working Paper 16-2. Link

2015

Chernick, Howard, Adam H. Langley, and Andrew Reschovsky. 2015. Comparing central city finances using Fiscally Standardized Cities. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 17(4): 430-440. August. Link

Chernick, Howard and Andrew Reschovsky. 2015. The fiscal health of U.S. cities. In Is Your City Healthy? Measuring Urban Fiscal Health, ed. Richard M. Bird and Enid Slack, 83-117. Toronto, Canada: Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. Link

Driessen, Grant and Steven M. Sheffrin. 2015. The past and future of the urban property tax. In Land and the City, ed. George W. McCarthy, Gregory K. Ingram, and Samuel A. Moody, 131-165. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. November. Link

Dye, Richard F., Adam H. Langley, and Andrew Reschovsky. 2015. Pension costs and central city finances. Paper presented at 108th annual conference of the National Tax Association. November 13.

2014

Chernick, Howard, Adam H. Langley, and Andrew Reschovsky. 2014. Comparing central city finances using Fiscally Standardized Cities. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper. July. Link

Chernick, Howard, Adam Langley, and Andrew Reschovsky. 2014. Newly released data show long-lasting impact of Great Recession on central cities.  Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Data Brief. May. Link

Chernick, Howard and Andrew Reschovsky. 2014. The fiscal health of U.S. cities. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper. January. Link

Langley, Adam. 2014. Local government finances during and after the Great Recession. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper. August. Link

2013

Chernick, Howard and Andrew Reschovsky. 2013. The fiscal health of U.S. cities. Paper prepared for Measuring Urban Fiscal Health, a conference organized by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, May 1-2, 2013.

Papers Using the Constructed Cities Dataset

The papers below used an earlier version of the FiSC database referred to as constructed cities, which employed a similar methodology. The most notable difference is that estimates from the constructed cities dataset did not include special districts. 

2012

Chernick, Howard, Adam Langley, and Andrew Reschovsky. 2012. Central city revenues after the Great Recession. The La Follette Policy Report 22(1): 1-6. Link

Chernick, Howard, Adam Langley, and Andrew Reschovsky. 2012. Central city revenues after the Great Recession. Land Lines (July): 2-9. Link

Chernick, Howard, Adam Langley, and Andrew Reschovsky. 2012. Predicting the impact of the U.S. housing crisis and ‘Great Recession’ on central city revenues. Publius: The Journal of Federalism 42(3): 467-493. Link

Chernick, Howard, Adam Langley, and Andrew Reschovsky. 2012. Predicting the impact of the housing crisis and the “Great Recession” on the revenues of the nation’s largest central cities. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper. Link 

2011

Chernick, Howard, Adam Langley, and Andrew Reschovsky. 2011. Revenue diversification and the financing of large American central cities. Public Finance and Management 11(2): 138-159. Link

Chernick, Howard, Adam Langley, and Andrew Reschovsky. 2011. The impact of the Great Recession and the housing crisis on the financing of America’s largest cities. Regional Science and Urban Economics 41: 372-381. Link 

2010

Chernick, Howard, Adam Langley, and Andrew Reschovsky. 2010. Revenue diversification and the financing of large American central cities. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper. Link