Public Finance, Tax Policy and Economic Development Working Group

This working group was started in Summer 2020 as a joint effort between the Nevada Global Business and Economics Lab (NVGLOBE-L) and the World Bank’s Subnational Governance/Decentralization Global Solutions Group. The group organized two joint webinars since then and produced a number of policy briefs, journal publications, and a new Distinguished Tax Policy Lecture Series, which was started in Spring 2021. The name of the group is "Public Finance, Tax Policy and Economic Development Working Group."  It is open to research on a broad range of topics within the field of public finance but one current focus area is local government finance and economic development. It is also our plan to bring grant funding to support researchers and organize international events and lectures as part of the NVGLOBE-L Distinguished Tax Policy Lecture Series. Group members meet regularly to discuss current research and ideas for future projects. This working group is partially supported by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, in honor of Barbara Smith Campbell.

Members of the Working Group


  • Dr. Mikel Erkoreka, Ituna Center, Basque Country, Spain
  • Dr. Tom Harris, UNR University Center for Economic Development
  • Dr. Pawel Pietrasienski, SGH Warsaw School  of Economics and GOED
  • Dr. Sonja Pippin, UNR College of Business, Department of Accounting
  • Dr. Mehmet Tosun, UNR College of Business, Department of Economics
  • Dr. Serdar Yilmaz, World Bank


  • Claire Burkhardt, Davidson Academy
  • Scott Cunningham (undergraduate student, Economics and Math, UNR)
  • Jaylin Hendricks (undergraduate student, Economics and Philosophy, UNR)
  • Dat Huynh, (PhD student, Economics, UNR)
  • Irem Sevindik (PhD student, Economics, UNR)