Public Economics

Public economics is the study of the government through economic analysis. This includes the role of the government in the economy, factors affecting public financial management, and markets at the boundary. I originally got interested in public economics while I was working on the Columbia Association’s budget committees. One year, we were asked to adapt the Altman Z-Score to Columbia. It does not work very well since Columbia has no equity, but the underlying idea was sound. I planned to write my dissertation on the topic. For a number of reasons, that did not happen and I ended up writing about the the National Flood Insurance Program, instead.

However, I have had the chance to work on public economics as a part of my environmental research and given a couple of talks on the topic. Further, I have taught both public finance and public financial management at the University of Baltimore. This page collects material under the heading of public economics.

Publications and Presentations

James P. Howard, II: The Needs of the Many and the Needs of the Few. NerdNite Baltimore #8, Baltimore, Maryland, 2017. (Type: Conference | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: And Behind Door #3.... Joint Mathematics Meetings, Atlanta, Georgia, 2017. (Type: Conference | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Review of Political Analysis Using R by James E. Monogan III. Journal of Statistical Software, 74 (1), pp. 1–3, 2016, ISSN: 1548-7660. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Economics of Martian Infrastructure. Mars Society 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention‎, Washington, 2016. (Type: Conference | Abstract | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Retrospective Social Discount Rates. 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings Chicago, Illinois, 2016. (Type: Conference | Abstract | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Public Financial Management. Syllabus, 5 (1), 2016, ISSN: 2163-3177. (Type: Journal Article | Abstract | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Why This Hammer Costs $435 . Ignite Howard County #2, Columbia, Maryland, 2015. (Type: Conference | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Planning for Martian Polity. Mars Society 18th Annual International Mars Society Convention‎, Washington, 2015. (Type: Conference | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Why Congress should keep the imperiled Export-Import Bank. The Conversation 2015. (Type: Online | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Social Benefits and Costs of the National Flood Insurance Program. University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-303-97664-3. (Type: PhD Thesis | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Private Applications of Local Government Risk Metrics. American Society for Public Administration 2014 Annual Conference Washington, 2014. (Type: Conference | Links | BibTeX)
James P. Howard, II: Estimating the Net Social Benefits of the National Flood Insurance Program. Increasing the Utility of Benefit-Cost Analysis, Fifth Annual Conference and Meeting of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Washington, 2013. (Type: Conference | Links | BibTeX)

Related Coverage and News

Heidi Hecht: Interview with James Howard. YouTube, 2016. (Type: Miscellaneous | Links | BibTeX)
Robert McGarvey: So You Want to Be a Billionaire? Buy Lottery Tickets, Maybe. The Street 2016, visited: 29.06.2016. (Type: Online | Links | BibTeX)
Elaine Pofeldt: Export Credit Agencies Abide. Global Trade, pp. 26-27, 2016. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)

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