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I study fiscal issues: state and local budget, transportation finance, and nonprofit financial management. I use geeky stuff: statistics (with R), GIS, and LaTeX. In the blog I write about my work; so it is all about fiscal issues & geeky stuff.


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Zhirong (Jerry) Zhao

Assistant Professor
Office: 246 Humphrey Center
Phone: 612-625-7318
Email: zrzhao@umn.edu

Areas of expertise: public budgeting and finance, transportation finance, public management, GIS applications in public affairs

A native of China, Zhirong "Jerry" Zhao is an assistant professor of public administration. His research focuses on public budgeting and finance, in particular how local governments generate sufficient revenue under ever-increasing constraints, how state and local fiscal structures affect the pattern and effectiveness of public service delivery, and how public and nonprofit organizations interact with each other in budgetary and service decision making.

Jerry holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from University of Georgia and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Urban Planning from Tongji University (China). In his earlier career as an urban planer, he did many projects for local governments across China, and published journal articles and book chapters on urban renewal and historical preservation. As a public administration scholar, he has published in Public Administration Review, Public Finance Review, Public Budgeting and Finance, Municipal Finance Journal, and Chinese Public Administration Review.

Jerry is an editorial board member for Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management and Journal of Public Administration (China), and he serves on the advisory committee for "Public Finance and Budgeting" section of Western Social Science Association. He has worked on funded projects supported by the Minnesota Legislature, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Jerry teaches "State and Local Public Finance," "Introduction to Public Financial Analysis and Management," and "Nonprofit Financial Management." In 2009, he was awarded the "Instructor of the Year" in the Humphrey Institute.

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Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs