Browse IGPA Reports by Subject "research"

  • Mooney, Christopher Z. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-04-14)
    Interest politics, as opposed to party politics, make fixing Illinois’ budget problems very complex and difficult. All people and businesses have multiple and overlapping interests in what the state does. Thinking about ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    Business taxes are often a point of debate in discussions about raising state revenue. Economists have not come to a consensus on an ideal business tax strategy. Illinois uses the business tax similarly to most other states. ...

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  • Fullerton, Don; Karney, Daniel (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-20)
    Illinois is faced with seemingly insurmountable fiscal problems. Public pensions are still not out of the woods. Bills aren’t getting paid on time. The state’s credit rating is in the dungeon. Ideas for curing the state’s ...

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  • Fullerton, Don (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    Fixing the Illinois state budget requires more than simply balancing revenue and expenditures. Government budgeting also requires establishing the right mix of public goods and services in a way that is fair and efficient ...

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  • Hewings, Geoffrey J.D.; Kriz, Kenneth; Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-05-27)
    The economic disruption associated with the COVID-19 pandemic came on suddenly and is quite severe. Because much economic data lags actual events by weeks or months, it is still too early to have a complete picture of ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; GORDON, RACHEL A. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-08-31)
    Early childhood education has seen increased high-stakes use of observational measures of child care and preschool quality in recent years. Scoring above or below a particular cut-score on these measures now has substantial ...

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  • Fullerton, Don (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-04-14)
    This paper explains the benefit of taking a holistic approach to evaluating fiscal reforms. Different state taxes can interact in complicated ways, making the pros and cons of altering any one of them difficult to evaluate ...

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  • LUBOTSKY, DARREN (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-09-19)
    A study was published in The Journal of Health Economics provides striking data on ways that health care costs have been passed on to employees in the Illinois public school system in the 1990s and 2000s. The research also ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Dye, Richard; Hudspeth, Nancy (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-20)
    Are we looking at a crisis or a chronic condition? Illinois’ fiscal situation has been precarious for at least a decade – and much longer if pension liabilities are considered. From FY 2003 to 2008, which were good years ...

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  • Krysan, Maria; Moberg, Sarah (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-09-09)
    How do people feel about race? For those who believe that we live in a post-racial society, this question may seem simple. Although survey data collected since the 1940s do show that racial attitudes held by whites and ...

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  • Kaestner, Robert; Lo Sasso, Anthony T.; Calhoun, Elizabeth (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-20)
    In 2014, Illinois will continue to implement federal health care reform at the state level. Medicaid expansion, the state health insurance exchange, the individual mandate, and the build out of managed care are among the ...

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  • Krysan, Maria (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2015-12-03)
    A new study on the housing search process adds to a growing body of research questioning the myth that racial minorities self-segregate. A 2004-2005 survey of residents of the Chicago area touched on a variety of topics ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2018-03-14)
    Early childhood education has seen increased high-stakes use of observational measures of child care and preschool quality in recent years. Scoring above or below a particular cut-score on these measures now has substantial ...

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  • Anderson, Nathan B.; Ross, Rob (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-02-20)
    This report looks at local governments’ biggest source of revenue: property taxes. The authors provide a primer on how the taxes are calculated, and new formulas for understanding an individual’s tax share. The authors ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; Superfine, Benjamin (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2018-10-19)
    This policy brief looks at policies that affect what scholars call the school improvement industry. It focuses on how products developed within this industry - many with development and use paid for by public schools ...

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