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Larry D. Schroeder

Larry D. Schroeder

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Larry D. Schroeder

Professor Emeritus, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence

Senior Research Associate, South Asia Center


Fundamentals of Policy Analysis

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1971


Larry Schroeder is professor emeritus of public administration and international affairs (2013 - present). From 1998 to 2013, he served as Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence, and senior research associate in the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. In 2014 and 2016 he also held the titles of visiting professor in the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University.

He has conducted research on a variety of state and local government fiscal issues both in the U.S. and abroad. Much of his current research is directed at public finance issues arising in developing and transition economies. He is particularly interested in problems associated with financing the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure in these environments as well as the broader issues of decentralization, intergovernmental fiscal relations and the effects of institutional arrangements on the provision of public services. He is the co-author of several books and has written a large number of articles addressing these subjects. 

Schroeder has consulted with and led policy research projects sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank and the United Nations Capital Development Fund in numerous countries, especially in South and Southeast Asia, but also in Africa and Eastern Europe. In 1998-99 he was a visiting professor at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang Malaysia and was a visiting research fellow at the National College of Public Administration and Governance at the University of the Philippines (Diliman Campus) in Quezon City, Philippines in 2005-06.

Schroeder earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1971. During the early 1970s he was on the economics faculty at Georgia State University. In 1977 he joined the departments of public administration and economics at the Maxwell School and served here until 1994 when he was a professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University. He rejoined The Maxwell School faculty in 1998.

Areas of Expertise

State and local public finance, financial management

Research Interests

Local government finance, tax analysis, financial management in developing countries

Selected Publications

Understanding Regression Analysis: An Introductory Guide (with David Sjoquist and Paula Stephan), 2nd ed. Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences Series, No. 57.  Beverly Hills:  Sage Publications, Inc., 2017.

“Collaboration Across Boundaries in the Indian Forest Service” (with Daniel H. Nelson, Rosemary O’Leary, Misty Grayer and Nidhi Vij) Chapter 17 in Richard Margerum and Catherine Robinson, editors, The Challenge of Collaboration in Environmental Governance.  Northhampton:  Elgar Publishing (2016)

“Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries,” In “Classic Papers Revisited: Symposium on Elinor Ostrom,” Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 6(4) 2014:273-277.

“An Approach to Measuring Subnational Administrative Autonomy in Education,” (with Naomi Aoki) International Journal of Public Administration, 37(1) 2014: 10 – 19.

“Budgeting in Vietnam: Decision Making in a Unitary Budget Environment,” (with Phuong Nguyen-Hoang), in C. E. Menifield (ed). Comparative Budgeting: A Global, Perspective, Sudbury MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning (2011): 133-148.

“An Analysis of Quasi-Decentralized Budgeting in Vietnam,” (with Phuong Nguyen-Hoang) International Journal of Public Administration 33 (12) 2010: 698-709.

“Measuring Decentralization,” (with Kent Eaton) in E. Connerley, K. Eaton, and P. Smoke, (eds). Making Decentralization Work: Democracy, Development, and Security, Boulder: Lynne Reinner Publishers (2010): 167-190.  

“Tax Instruments for Environmental Management in Tourist Destinations,” (with Shyam Nath), in S. Nath, J. L. Roberts and Y. N. Madhoo (eds).  Saving Small Island Developing States: Environmental and Natural Resource Challenges, London: Commonwealth Secretariat (2010): 108-122.

“Fiscal Decentralization Policies in Search of Accountability,” Journal of Public Administration 2 (4) 2009:1-21. (in Chinese).

“The Challenge of Measuring Decentralization” (with Naomi Aoki), Journal of Public Administration 2 (2) 2009:1-16. (in Chinese).

“Unconditional Intergovernmental Transfers to Finance Decentralization in Albania,” Public Budgeting and Finance 27 (2) (Summer 2007):50-67.

“Forecasting Local Revenues and Expenditures,” in A. Shah (ed.). Local Budgeting, Washington, DC: The World Bank (2007): 53-77.

"A Counterfactual Analysis of Fiscal Decentralization in Small Countries: The Case of Mauritius," (with Shyam Nath), Public Finance and Management, 7 (2) (2007) Web-based journal at

"United States of America," in A. Shah (ed.).  Local Governance in Industrial  Countries. Washington, DC: The World Bank (2006): 313-358.

"Forecasting Local Revenues and Expenditures," in J. Richard Aronson and Eli Schwartz (eds.), Management Policies in Local Government Finance (5th edition). Washington, DC: International City Management Association (2004): 103-132.

"Routes to Scholarly Success in Public Administration: Is There a Right Path" (with Rosemary O'Leary, Dale Jones, and Ora-orn Poocharoen), Public Administration Review 64 (1) (January/February 2004):92-105.

"Fiscal Decentralization in South East Asia," Journal of Public  Budgeting, Accounting, & Financial Management 15 (3) (Fall, 2003): 385-413.

"Municipal Powers and Functions: The Assignment Question," in R. Bahl and P. Smoke (eds.).

"Restructuring Local Government Finance in Developing Countries: Lessons from South Africa." Cheltenham, UK: Edgar Elgar Publishing, Ltd., 2003: 23-69.

"Integrating Fiscal Decentralization Reforms and the Challenge of Implementation," (with Paul Smoke, Roy Bahl, Andrew Reschovsky, David Solomon, and Peter Vaz) in R. Bahl and P. Smoke (eds.).

"Restructuring Local  Government Finance in Developing Countries: Lessons from South Africa." Cheltenham, UK: Edgar Elgar Publishing, Ltd., 2003: 237-289.

“Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers: Concepts, International Practice, and Policy Issues,” (with Paul Smoke), in P. Smoke and Y.H. Kim, eds., Intergovernmental Transfers in Asia: Current Practice and Challenges for the Future. Manila, Asian Development Bank, 2003: 20-59.

“Sectoral Decentralization and Intergovernmental Arrangements in Africa,” (with Matthew Andrews), Public Administration and Development 23 (1) (January 2003): 29-40.

"Institutional Incentives and Sustainable Development: Infrastructure Policies in  Perspective" (with Elinor Ostrom and Susan Wynne).  Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1993.

Presentations and Events

Faculty Director, International Comparative Policy Analysis Training Program for Indian Civil Servants, 2002-present

Assisted in drafting Local Government Legislation in Timor Leste (East Timor), 2008

Mid-Career Public Policy Analysis Management Training Program for Indian Administrative Service Officers, India, 2007 and 2008 

Policy Analysis Training Program, Thailand, 2006-present

Technical Assistance for the National Finance Statistics Information System Project in Vietnam, 2007

Analysis of Fiscal Decentralization Policies in Romania, 2005

Fiscal decentralization in Cambodia, 2004-2006

Analysis of fiscal decentralization policies in Albania, 2004

Review of public finance and administration training in Bulgaria, 2002

South Africa Local Government Financial Reform Project, 2000-2001

Intergovernmental fiscal relations in Albania, 2000

Financing environmental projects in the Russian Federation, 1999

Analysis of financing decentralization in Malawi, 1998 & 1999

Analysis of intergovernmental fiscal relations in Indonesia, 1995-1997

Strengthening the role of Parliament in the Ukrainian budget process, 1994-1997

Assessment of rural roads planning in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1995-96

Analysis of earmarked Roads Fund in Tanzania, 1993

Financing road maintenance in Indonesia, 1990-1991

Assessment of rural roads sector in Bangladesh, 1989

Financing rural local panchayats in Nepal, 1987