Urban Economics


State and local governments face budget challenges as they grapple with the effects of decades of poor budget decisions and regulatory accumulation. 

Mercatus research on state and local policy delves into the institutional drivers of state and local fiscal challenges. Focusing on interest group dynamics, the relationship between states and the federal government, and the incentives facing public and private actors, this research offers actionable ideas for sustainable state and local budget and regulatory reform.

  • Eileen Norcross

    Senior Research Fellow
  • Adam Millsap

    Assistant Director, L. Charles Hilton Jr. Center for the Study of Economic Prosperity and Individual Opportunity, Florida State University
  • James Broughel

    Senior Research Fellow