Yonghong Wu, Associate Professor Ph.D., Public Administration (2004)
Public Administration (M/C 278)
Dr. Yonghong Wu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received Ph.D. degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. His fields of specialization include state and local public finance, and science and technology policy. Dr. Wu’s research agenda is composed of two components: one component explores public finance issues in science and technology policy arena; the other addresses state and local tax policy-making.
Dr. Wu has published a number of articles in some premier journals in public policy and administration. For instance, his article in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (2005) examines the effects of state R&D tax credits on private R&D expenditure in the U.S. states. Another cross-state empirical research paper published in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (2009) analyzes a federal subsidy program―NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), and discloses a disturbing crowd-out effect of the program on state government funding of academic research. His article in Research Policy (2011) evaluates the effects of EPSCoR on the distribution of federal obligations for academic science and engineering research. Dr. Wu’s policy research provides important evidence to assist and improve policy-making in science and technology policy arena.
Dr. Wu’s research on state and local government tax policy has focused on local property and communications taxes. His articles in Urban Affairs Review (2007) and Public Finance Review (2009) contribute to the literature on local tax competition: one explores the underlying mechanisms in tax competition among municipal governments in Chicago; the other incorporates both horizontal and vertical dimensions of tax competition to better understand the strategic interactions among local governments in Florida. Two of his recent publications in Public Budgeting and Finance (2011) and Urban Affairs Review (2011) focus on local communications taxes in Illinois. One investigates the inertia and neighboring effects in local decisions on communications tax rate. The other examines tax base elasticity and revenue potential of Illinois’ municipal telecommunications tax.
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