Encouraging More Behavioral Public Finance Research

I am working with Salvador Espinosa and Ken Kriz on efforts to encourage more behavioral public finance research.

See our editor’s introduction to a symposium issue of Public Finance and Management on behavioral public finance. 

Espinosa, S., Kriz, K. A., & Yusuf, J.-E. (2021). Behavioral public finance and budgeting: New approaches to old questions? Public Finance & Management, 20(1), 1-10. Download


At the 2018 Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM) annual meeting we hosted a roundtable discussion intended to encourage multi-disciplinary scholarly research that combines theories, methods and empirical findings from psychology, behavioral public policy, and behavioral economics to address important questions in public finance. Just prior to the discussion, I made a brief presentation about verbal ‘Talk Aloud’ or ‘Think Aloud’ protocols and applications to research on decision making in public finance (see summary here and my presentation here).

We also guest edited a symposium on BEHAVIORAL PUBLIC FINANCE: NEW APPROACHES TO OLD QUESTIONS for Public Finance and Management.  

See the articles in the symposium (Volume 20 issues 1 and 2) here.


My Own Behavioral Public Finance Research

My research using the behavioral public finance lens focuses primarily on willingness to pay, such as in the context of infrastructure for coastal resilience and transportation.

ABFM 2019 Presentation – Public Preferences for Resilience Infrastructure and Policy Solutions in a Coastal Urban Environment

Here’s the handout that accompanies my presentation.

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