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7th annual Municipal Finance Conference


The Municipal Finance Conference aims to bring together academics, practitioners, issuers and regulators to discuss recent research on municipal markets and municipal finance. This year’s conference is a joint venture of The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary at Brookings, the Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance at the Brandeis International Business School, the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

The 2018 conference will take place on July 16-17, 2018. Brookings will host the bulk of the program, but the cocktail hour and dinner keynote on the evening of July 16 will take place at the nearby Capital Hilton.


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Monday, July 16

Plenary I

The evolving municipal advisor market in the post Dodd-Frank era
Leila Barbour, Dan Bergstresser, Martin Luby

The impact of Dodd-Frank on credit ratings and bond yields: The municipal securities’ case
Yulianti Abbas, Craig Johnson, Chantalle LaFontant

Breakout session I

Track 1

Investor attention and municipal bond returns
Kimberly Cornaggia, John Hund, Giang Nguyen

Fund structure and liquidity management: Evidence from open- vs. closed-end municipal bond funds
John Chalmers, Zhi (Jay) Wang, Jingyun Yang

Life without advance refunding
Andrew Kalotay

Track 2

State recovery from the Great Recession: Did budgeting safeguards help?
Kim Rueben, Megan Randall

The retail sales tax in a new economy
Sharon Kioko, John Mikesell

Tax advantages and imperfect competition in auctions for municipal bonds
Daniel Garrett, Andrey Ordin, James Roberts, Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato

Tuesday, July 17

Breakout session II

Track 1

Claim dilution in the municipal debt market
Ivan Ivanov, Tom Zimmermann

Finance Climate Change Solutions: The Pricing and Ownership of U.S. Green Bonds
Malcolm Baker, Daniel Bergstresser, George Serafeim, Jeffrey Wurgler

Financing dies in darkness? The impact of newspaper closures on public finance
Pengjie Gao, Chang Lee, Dermot Murphy

Track 2

Public Pensions and state government debt spreads
Chuck Boyer

When needed public pension reforms fail or appear to be legally impossible, what then? Are unbalanced budgets, deficits, and government collapse the only answer?
James Spiotto

Developing more realistix simulations of the interplay between public-pension finances and governmental finances
Don Boyd, Yimeng Yin

Plenary II

What went wrong?: The Puerto Rican debt crisis and the ‘Treasury Put’
Bob Chirinko, Ryan Chiu, Shaina Henderson

State tax cuts and debt market outcomes: An empirical analysis of the Kansas tax reform
Komla Dzigbede, Rahul Pathak

Panel Discussion

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