Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
“Sub-national Economic Freedom: A Review and Analysis of the Literature,” with Meg Tuszynski (SMU), Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, 48, 1 (2018), 61-71.
Discussed in Carolina Journal and several other N.C. newspapers.
"An Exploratory Empirical Note on the Relationship Between Local Labor Market Freedom and the Female Labor Force Participation Rate," with Crystal Wong (West Virginia University), Empirical Economics Letters, 15, 11 (2016), 1095-1100.
"The Determinants of the Severity of State Fiscal Crises," with David Mitchell (University of Central Arkansas), Public Budgeting and Finance, 36, 4 (2016), 50-67.
"Takings and Tax Revenue: Fiscal Impacts of Eminent Domain," with Carrie Kerekes (FGCU), Review of Law & Economics, 12, 2 (2016), 275-309.
Discussed in Forbes. Previous working paper version discussed in: Detroit News, CEE Review (Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship), The Daily Oklahoman, State Tax Notes, The Daily Caller, and Watchdog.org.
"Economic Freedom and Recidivism: Evidence from U.S. States," with Joshua Hall and Kaitlyn Harger (West Virginia University), International Advances in Economic Research, 21, 2 (2015), 155-165.
“An Economic Freedom Index for U.S. Metropolitan Areas,” Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, 43, 1 (2013), 3-20.
Discussed in: Investor's Business Daily, Wall Street Journal, Florida Business Observer, National Review, Albany (NY) Times-Union, Acton Institute PowerBlog, Sunday Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and City Journal.
“Is Public Expenditure Productive? Evidence from the Manufacturing Sector in U.S. Cities, 1880-1920,” with Melissa Yeoh (Berry College) Cato Journal, 33, 1 (Winter 2013), 1-28.
Mentioned in National Center for Policy Analysis' Daily Policy Digest.
“Competition, Knowledge, and Local Government,” Review of Austrian Economics, 25, 3 (September 2012), 243-253.
“Infrastructure Investment and the Impact of Special Assessments under Shifting Population Demographics,” with Howard Finch (FGCU) and Shelton Weeks(FGCU) Journal of Business Cases and Applications, 4 (October 2011), 4-8.
“Why Some Cities Are Growing and Others Shrinking,” Cato Journal, 31, 2 (Spring/Summer 2011), 285-303.
Discussed in: Watchdog.org (Sept. 2017), Heartland Institute article, Florida Business Observer (May 2014); Wall Street Journal, National Center for Policy Analysis' Daily Policy Digest; Business Observer (July 2011).
“Local Government Investment and Long-Run Economic Growth,” Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, 34, 2 (Summer 2009), 244-59.
“State Fiscal Crises: Are Rapid Spending Increases to Blame?” with David Mitchell (University of South Alabama), Cato Journal, 28, 3 (Fall 2008), 435-48.
“Housing Tenure and Mobility with an Acquisition-Based Property Tax: The Case of Florida,” with Howard Finch (FGCU) and Gary Jackson (FGCU), Journal of Housing Research, 16, 2 (Fall 2007), 117-29.
“Economic Freedom, Corruption, and Growth,” with Mushfiq Swaleheen (FGCU), Cato Journal, 27, 3 (Fall 2007), 343-58.
“Interjurisdictional Competition and Local Government Spending in U.S. Metropolitan Areas,” Public Finance Review, 34, 2 (March 2006): 173-94.
#8 on Public Finance Review's Most Cited Article list (as of September 1, 2016); #2 of those published after 2005
“Local Decentralization and Local Economic Growth: A Cross-Sectional Examination of U.S. Metropolitan Areas,” Journal of Urban Economics, 57 (January 2005): 55-72.
Cited by other researchers over 200 times (according to Google Scholar)
Economic Freedom of North America 2017, with Jose Torra and Fred McMahon, Vancouver: Fraser Institute, December 2017.
Dataset available here: https://www.fraserinstitute.org/studies/economic-freedom-of-north-america-2017
"Local Governments and Economic Freedom: A Test of the Leviathan Hypothesis," with Adam Millsap (Florida State) and Bradley Hobbs (Clemson), Mercatus Working Paper, September 19, 2017.
Economic Freedom of North America 2016, with Jose Torra and Fred McMahon, Vancouver: Fraser Institute, December 2016.
Dataset available here: https://www.fraserinstitute.org/studies/economic-freedom-of-north-america-2016
"Economic Freedom in the United States, 1980 to the Present," with Meg Tuszynski, Chapter 6 in Economic Freedom of the World 2016, Vancouver: Fraser Institute, September 2016, pp. 257-271.
Economic Freedom of North America 2015, with Jose Torra and Fred McMahon, Vancouver: Fraser Institute, December 2015.
“Economic Freedom Studies at the State Level: A Survey,” with Joshua Hall and Danko Tarabar (West Virginia University) chapter in Economic Behavior, Entrepreneurship and Economic Freedom, edited by Richard Cebula, Joshua Hall, and James E. Payne, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.
“Measuring Institutions and Policies at the Subnational Level,” with Jamie Bologna (West Virginia University) chapter in Cebula, Hall, and Payne, eds., 2015.
"A Pro-Growth Tax Reform Agenda for Virginia," Policy Study No. 16, Virginia Institute for Public Policy, April 2015.
"State Fiscal Crises: States’ Abilities to Withstand Recessions," with David Mitchell (Univ. of Central Arkansas) Mercatus Working Paper, January 20, 2015.
Discussed in: Charleston (WV) Gazette
Economic Freedom of North America 2014, with Jose Torra and Fred McMahon, Vancouver: Fraser Institute, December 2014.
"Takings and Tax Revenue: Fiscal Impacts of Eminent Domain," with Carrie Kerekes (FGCU), Mercatus Working Paper, October 13, 2014.
Economic Freedom of North America 2013, with Fred McMahon (Fraser Institute), Vancouver: Fraser Institute, December 2013.
“Economic Freedom and Economic Well-Being at the Subnational Level—a Look at the Literature” Chapter 3 in Economic Freedom of North America 2013, Vancouver: Fraser Institute, December 2013, pp. 44-50.
“Unmasking the Mortgage Interest Deduction: Who Benefits and by How Much? Update 2013,” with Anthony Randazzo (Reason Foundation), Reason Foundation, Policy Study, No. 421 (December 2013).
“Measuring the Impact of the State Medicaid Expansion in Florida,” with Stephen Parente (Univ. of Minnesota), policy analysis for Health Systems Innovation Network, October 2013.
“Unmasking the Mortgage Interest Deduction: Who Benefits and How Much? Update 2012,” with Anthony Randazzo (Reason Foundation), Reason Foundation, Policy Study Update, (December 2012).
“Unmasking the Mortgage Interest Deduction: Who Benefits and by How Much?” with Anthony Randazzo, Reason Foundation, Policy Study, No. 394 (July 2011).
“Higher Taxes, Less Growth: The Impact of Tax Burden on Economic Growth in U.S. Metropolitan Areas,” NFAP Policy Brief, April 2009, National Foundation for American Policy, Arlington, Virginia.
“Economic Analysis of ‘Save Our Homes’ Portability,” Regional Economic Research Institute, Florida Gulf Coast University, January 2006 (for Florida Association of Realtors).
List of over five dozen publications authored during my seven years at the Cato Institute (including 27 policy studies for Cato and other public policy research organizations and 40 op-ed articles for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, Chicago Tribune, and other publications).