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Whitney Afonso

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Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Assistant Professor
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Whitney Afonso joined the School of Government in 2012. She was named Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Assistant Professor for 2015–2017. Prior to that time, she taught at the University of Georgia, Department of Public Administration and Policy; and Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Administration. Her research into how the choice of revenue streams by state and local governments affect government and citizen behavior has been presented at the annual conferences for the National Tax Association, Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, American Society for Public Administration, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Afonso earned a BA in political science from Vanderbilt University, and an MA in economics and PhD in public administration and policy from the University of Georgia.


Selected Publications

LOST and Found Tax Dollars: Local option sales taxes, property taxes, and own source revenue” (forthcoming at Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management)

Local Sales Taxes as a Means of Increasing Revenues and Reducing Property Tax Burdens: An Analysis Using Propensity Score Matching.” 2014. Public Budgeting & Finance 34:2: 24-43.

State Income Taxes and Military Service Members' Legal Residency Choices.” 2014. Contemporary Economic Policy. doi: 10.1111/coep.12072

Local Government Capital Spending During and After Recessions: A cause for concern?” 2014. International Journal of Public Administration 37:8: 494-505.

Diversification toward Stability? The Effect of Local Sales Taxes on Own Source Revenue” 2013. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management 25, no. 4: 649-674.

Coping with the Great Recession: Theory and Practice for County Governments,” 2013. International Journal of Public Administration, 36, no. 11 pp. 768-779.


Additional files:

Curriculum vitae (pdf, 143.48 KB)


Fields of Expertise

County and Municipal Finance
Income Taxes (Non-Legal)
Local Sales Taxes (Non-Legal)
Public Administration
Revenue Forecasting
Tax Policy