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Kim Rueben

Kim Rueben

Senior Fellow

In the aftermath of the recession of 2008, state and local governments are going to need to reconsider what the business of governing is and how we raise enough money to provide the services we want and need to build our future. This will require more transparency and discussion about what taxes buy and how we spend public funds.

Kim Rueben is an expert on state and local public finance and the economics of education. Her research examines state and local tax policy, fiscal institutions, state and local budgets, issues of education finance and teacher labor markets. Current projects include work on state budget shortfalls, financing options for California, the fiscal health of cities and examining higher education tax credits and grants. In addition to her position at TPC, Rueben is an adjunct fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and a member of the Strategic Planning Group of the Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER).

Prior to joining the Urban Institute, Rueben was a research fellow at the PPIC. She has served as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, a visiting scholar at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, and a member of the executive board of the American Education Finance Association.

Areas of expertise

State and local taxes, state and local budgets, state fiscal institutions, education finance, education labor markets, education tax credits.

Selected Publications from Kim Rueben

  • States, State Workers, and Pensions
  • Racial Disparities in Education Finance: Going Beyond Equal Revenues
  • Publications by topic:
    State and Local Finance
    Tax Policy
    State and Local Issues
    Elementary and Secondary Schools

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