The Government Finance Database: A Common Resource for Quantitative Research in Public Financial Analysis

PLoS-ONE Vol. 10, Issue 8 (June 24, 2015) e0130119. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130119

22 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2014 Last revised: 10 Jul 2015

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Kawika Pierson

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Michael L. Hand

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Fred Thompson

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Date Written: June 24, 2015

Abstract

Quantitative public financial management research is limited by the absence of a common database for empirical analysis (Gill and Meier 2000). While the U.S. Census Bureau distributes government finance data that some scholars have utilized, the arduous process of collecting, interpreting, and organizing the data has led its adoption to be prohibitive and inconsistent. In this article we offer a single, coherent resource that contains all of the census data from 1967-2011, uses easy to understand natural-language variable names, and will be extended when new data is available.

Keywords: Census, Financial Data, States, Municipalities, Counties, Townships, Special Tax Districts

JEL Classification: H71, H72

Suggested Citation

Pierson, Kawika and Hand, Michael L. and Thompson, Fred, The Government Finance Database: A Common Resource for Quantitative Research in Public Financial Analysis (June 24, 2015). PLoS-ONE Vol. 10, Issue 8 (June 24, 2015) e0130119. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130119. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2475157 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2475157

Kawika Pierson

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )

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Michael L. Hand

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management ( email )

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Salem, OR 97301
United States

Fred Thompson (Contact Author)

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management ( email )

900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
United States
503-370-6228 (Phone)
503-370-3011 (Fax)

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