Michael A. Pagano is dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, director of UIC's Government Finance Research Center, a professor of public administration, an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, former co-editor of Urban Affairs Review and a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution.

Pagano has published more than 100 articles on government finance, capital budgeting, federalism, infrastructure and urban development as well as nine books, including Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil, Cityscapes and Capital and The Dynamics of Federalism.

May 29, 2019

Revenue Forecasting and the Fragility of Traditional Wisdom

The lesson for cities from the experiences of the past decade: Even revenue sources long considered reliable can be volatile.
January 16, 2019

Why This Is the Year to Begin Addressing the Infrastructure Deficit

With signs pointing to a weakening economy, we need to get ready now, and we need to do it right.
October 17, 2018

The Economy Is Booming. So Why Are Cities' Revenues Still Lagging?

The structure of their tax systems doesn't align with their evolving economies.
March 7, 2014

Why We Should Focus Infrastructure Spending on Urban America

Metropolitan areas are the homes of our economic engines, and that's where the need for infrastructure investment is greatest.
December 9, 2013

Should Urban Anchor Institutions Pay More for Government Services?

Hospitals, museums and education institutions have become important parts of a city's economy. They also consume government services, but pay little, if anything in return. It's time to rethink the relationship.