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Call for Papers: 2021 Municipal Finance Conference

We are seeking papers for our 10th annual Municipal Finance Conference, to be held virtually July 12-14, 2021 (exact agenda TBD). The conference is sponsored by the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution, the Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance at Brandeis International Business School, Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

The Municipal Finance Conference aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and state and local government officials to discuss recent research on municipal finance and economic and fiscal issues affecting state and local governments more broadly. In recent years, paper topics have included changing rules for advance refunding, the impact of local newspaper closures on municipal borrowing costs, changes in the municipal advisor market in the post Dodd-Frank era, the risk of fiscal collapse in coal-reliant communities, the sustainability of state and local government pensions, marijuana liberalization’s effects on public finance, and whether municipal bond ETFs improve market quality.

  • We are seeking proposals on a broad variety of topics related to state and local fiscal policy and public finance. We are particularly interested in research on the impact of COVID on state and local finances and lessons learned, innovations in funding infrastructure and responses to climate change, and the evolution of the municipal bond market, but we welcome proposals on any relevant subject.
  • Papers do not have to be original to this conference. We welcome papers that have been presented elsewhere.
  • Deadline for proposals is February 26, 2021. Selection decisions will be made by March 26, and drafts of selected papers will be due by May 21.
  • Please send your proposal or abstract to Haowen Chen (

The agenda for last year’s conference (including draft papers, session videos, and more) is posted here:

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