Michael J. Wasylenko

Professor Emeritus, Economics


Michael Wasylenko is a Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. He specializes in public finance issues and has published extensively on state and local finance, firm location, tax incentives, and population decentralization within metropolitan areas. Wasylenko co-authored Foreign Investment in the United States: Issues, Magnitudes, and Location Choice of New Manufacturing Plants, 1978 to 1987, and is author or co-author of over 70 journal articles, book chapters, technical papers, and invited reviews. He has worked on fiscal policy in a number of states, including Arizona, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and most recently Connecticut. He has also worked internationally, including in Egypt, Hungary, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa, and Thailand. Michael received his Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University in 1975. 

Select Publications

"Financing Central Cities: The Economics Underlying Fiscal Strategy Options With Special Reference to Syracuse City and the Consensus Report," Michael Wasylenko. Center for Policy Research Working Paper No.  204. July 2017, 31pp. 

"Competiveness: Factors that Contribute to Economic Growth in States with Special Reference to State and Local Spending and Taxes." Michael Wasylenko. In Connecticut Tax Study Panel Report, 2015. Vol. 2, Research Papers: Policy Framework and State Taxes. 57 pages.

“Meeting the Fiscal Challenges to Finance Local Government." Michael Wasylenko, Gregory K. Ingram and Yu-Hung Hong,  The Changing Landscape of Local Public Revenues: Proceedings of the 2009 Land Policy Conference (Editors), Cambridge MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (2009), pp. 497-506.

“Health Care and the Looming Fiscal Crises in the United States." Michael Wasylenko, State, Government, Public Management: Chilean Journal of Public Administration (Estado, Gobierno, Gestion Publica: Revista Chilena de Administracion Publica), No. 9 (June 2007), pp. 65-78. More Publications