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Maxwell School
Maxwell / Center for Policy Research

Yilin Hou

Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and Tenth Decade Faculty Scholar

Selected Papers 

“Ability to Pay Local Property Tax, Tax Burden Distribution and Redistributive Effects." Yilin Hou and Zhang, Ping,Economic Research (in Chinese), No. 12 (2016).

“An Theoretical Analysis of the Design Principles and Implementation Strategies of China’s Local Property Tax." Yilin Hou and Haitao Ma, Public Finance Research (in Chinese) No. 2 (2016), pp. 65-78.

“The Ability to Pay Local Property Tax by Chinese Urban Residents." Yilin Hou and Zhang, Ping, Journal of Public Administration (in Chinese) No. 2 (2016), pp. 136-55.

Fiscal Decentralization, Flat Administrative Structure, and Local Government Size: Evidence and Lessons from China." Yilin Hou, Zhang, Ping, and Chunkui Zhu, Public Administration and Development, No. 7 (2016). DOI:10.1002/pad.1762.

“An Evaluation of China’s New Rural Cooperative Medical System: Achievements and Inadequacies from Policy Goals." Yilin Hou, Li, Chengyue, Mei Sun and Mo Hao, Journal of BMC Public Health (2015). DOI: 10.1186/s12889-015-2410-1. 12889_2015_2410.

“Dissecting the Detroit Default: A Multi-Perspective Analysis.” Yilin Hou and Fletcher Montzingo,  The Revue Francaise de Finances Publiques, (invited contribution) No. 4 (September 2015).

“The Savings Behavior of Special Purpose Governments: A Panel Study of New York School Districts.” William Duncombe, and Yilin Hou, Public Budgeting and Finance, Vol. 34 No. 3 (Fall 2014), pp. 1-23.

“Local Fiscal Responses to Procyclical Changes in State Aid.” Nguyen-Hoang, Phuong and Yilin Hou. Publius – Journal of Federalism, Vol. 44, No. 4 (Fall 2014), pp. 587-608.

“Local Sales Tax and Revenue Volatility.” Yilin Hou and Jason Seligman, Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice, Vol. XXIX, No. 1-3 (2013), pp. 167-180.

“Balanced Budget Requirements and State Spending: A Long Panel Study.” Daniel L. Smith and Yilin Hou,  Public Budgeting and Finance, Vol. 33 No. 2 (June 2013), pp. 1-18.

“On the Development of Public-Private Partnerships in Transitional Economies – An Explanatory Framework.” Yongheng Yang, Yilin Hou and Youqiang Wang, Public Administration Review Vol. 73, No. 2 (March-April 2013), pp. 301-10.

"State Government Budget Stabilization: Policy, Tools and Impacts." Yilin Hou, New York, Springer (2013).

“Local Fiscal Behavior under Subnational Provisions: Do Local Governments Smooth Revenue from Booms across Busts?” Yilin Hou, Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice, Vol. 28, No. 1 (2012), pp. 3-27.

“The Performance of Performance-Based Budgeting in Boom versus Bust Years: An Analytical Framework and Survey of the States." Yilin Hou, Robin Lunsford, Katy Sides, and Kelsey Jones, Public Administration Review (May-June, 2011), pp. 370-388.

“Informal Norms as a Bridge Between Formal Rules and Outcomes of Government Financial Operations – Evidence from State Balanced Budget Practices." Yilin Hou and Daniel L. Smith, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol. 20, No. 3 (September ,2010), pp. 655-678.

"Do State Balanced Budget Requirements Matter? - Testing Two Explanatory Frameworks." Yilin Hou and Daniel L. Smith, Public Choice, Vol. 145, No. 1 (2010), pp. 57-79.

"Pay-as-You-Go Financing and Capital Outlay Volatility-Evidence from the States over Two Recent Economic Cycles." Wen Wang and Yilin Hou, Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol. 29, No. 4 (December, 2009), pp. 90-107.

“State saving behavior: Effects of Two Fiscal and Budgetary Institutions." Yilin Hou and William Duncombe, Public Budgeting and Finance, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Fall, 2008), pp. 48-67.

"The Case for Counter-Cyclical Fiscal Capacity." Yilin Hou and Donald Moynihan, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol. 18, No. 1 (January, 2008), pp. 139-159.

“Budgeting for Fiscal Stability over the Business Cycle." Yilin Hou, Public Administration Review, Vol. 66, No. 5 (September/October, 2006), pp. 730-741.

“Fiscal Reserves and State Own-source Expenditure in Downturns." Yilin Hou, Public Finance Review, Vol. 33, No. 1 (January, 2005), pp. 117-144.

“Budget Stabilization Fund: Structural Features of the Enabling Legislation and Balance Level."  Yilin Hou,  Public Budgeting and Finance, Vol. 24, No. 3 (September, 2004), pp. 38-64.

“What Stabilizes State General Fund Spending during Downturns: Budget Stabilization Fund, General Fund Unreserved Undesignated Balance, or Both?” Yilin Hou, Public Budgeting and Finance, Vol. 23, No. 3 (September, 2003), pp. 64-91.

“Evaluating City Financial Management using FRBS." Ammar Salwa, William Duncombe, Yilin Hou, and Ronald Wright, Public Budgeting and Finance, Vol. 21, No. 4 (Winter, 2001), pp. 70-90.