Yilin Hou

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Yilin Hou

Contact Information

426 Eggers Hall
Office Hours:
Tu 11:00-12:00

Staff Support
Laura Walsh
(315) 443-9929

Curriculum Vitae
Yilin Hou CV

Tenth Decade Faculty Scholar
Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2002


Fiscal policy, public budgeting, intergovernmental fiscal relations


Spring 2020

PAI 996.001 Master's Project Course, Mo 2:15-5:00, Maxwell 111


Yilin Hou is a Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, a Tenth Decade Faculty Scholar, and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. Hou’s field of expertise is public finance. His research interests are fiscal policy, public budgeting, and intergovernmental fiscal relations as related to the core of development and governance. Much of his research focuses on the smooth operation of government finance across the boom-bust cycles of the economy. He is particularly interested in researching rule-based, time-consistent fiscal policies that will contribute to how the government sector can tell whether the vicissitudes of economic fluctuations and other aspects of the society in order to provide smooth and stable public services and goods. 
Full Biography


Selected Papers

Research Interests

Fiscal/budgetary Institutions                  

State and Local Taxation

Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations

Intellectual Development of Public Budgeting

Research Grants and Awards

Principal Investigator. “Improving Local Property Tax Administration in New York State,” with Co-Principal Investigators John Yinger, Michael Wasylenko, and Minch Lewis. Funded by the Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant Program. 2018-2020.

Principal Investigator. “Montgomery County Municipal Restructuring Fund Projects,” with Co-Principal Investigators Michael Wasylenko and Minch Lewis. Funded by a Services Agreement with Montgomery County NY. 2018-2019.

Principal investigator. "Toward Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability: Identifying Successes and Potential Financial Uncertainties." Funded by San Diego County, California. 2015-2016.