Michael J. Wasylenko

Professor, Economics


Michael Wasylenko is a Professor of Economics and a Senior Research Associate at 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. 

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“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.

“The Impact of Aid, Need and Structure on Fiscal Disparities in Metropolitan America: 2002." Michael Wasylenko and George Palumbo, Proceedings of the Ninety-Eighth Annual Conference of the National Tax Association ‑ Tax Institute of America (2005).

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