Doctoral Defense: Andy Crosby, PhD in Public Administration, 5/3/16, 4pm

April 21, 2016

The Department of Public Administration is pleased to announce the upcoming doctoral dissertation defense:

Andy Crosby,  PhD in Public Administration

Intergovernmental Financial Monitoring and Intervention: Does it make the Grade?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
4 pm – 6 pm

The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois
815 W. Van Buren, Suite 401
Chicago, IL 60607

Dissertation Committee:
Dr. David Merriman, chair
Dr. Rebecca Hendrick
Dr. Allyson Holbrook
Dr. Michael Siciliano
Dr. Donijo Robbins, Grand Valley State University


How should state governments monitor local government fiscal affairs? When should state governments intervene in local government fiscal affairs? What are the effects of these interventions? This dissertation investigates both the conceptual reasons for state monitoring and intervention in local government fiscal affairs as well as the empirical effects of such interventions using data about Illinois school districts.

Since the 1980s, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has been
monitoring the fiscal health of public school districts, and currently uses a system called the School District Financial Profile. ISBE scores
districts’ financial health and intervenes when scores fall below
acceptable levels. A premise underlying this system is that early
intervention can improve district financial health.

To assess the effects of state fiscal monitoring and intervention of
Illinois school districts I assemble a panel data set of financial
indicators covering over 840 school districts in Illinois for thirteen
years (2002-2014). This dissertation adds to scholarship in both the
financial management and educational policy fields and offers practical
implications for state and local policymakers.

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