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Thomas Luke Spreen

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Luke Spreen is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. His research assesses how external monitoring, regulation, and intervention influences the financial management of public and nonprofit organizations. He also studies state and local tax policy and administration.

Spreen's research is published in the Public Administration Review, Journal of Public EconomicsJournal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and other outlets. He earned his Ph.D. from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and was an economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics prior to his academic career.

Areas of Interest
  • State and local taxation; financial management; program evaluation
3 Credit(s)

Applied course in public finance, including introductions to resource mobilization (including taxation), macroeconomic policy, key public expenditure policies, and government budgetary processes and politics. The course will build on the foundations from ECON 200 to address the specific application of public finance principles to solving public problems. The course will focus on the principles of welfare economics (including market failure), economic principles as applied to particular spending programs and tax choices, and issues and institutions involved in the allocation and management of resources both at a national and subnational level. The focus of the course is on these issues from both a domestic and global perspective. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to apply the tools of economics to inform societal and governmental choices, and understand how those choices are made in practice. 
Schedule of Classes

Prerequisite(s): ECON200

3 Credit(s)

Covers how governments raise, spend, borrow, and manage public funds. Reviews federal,state, and local budget processes and introduces analytical techniques including basic spreadsheet skills, evaluating alternative revenue sources, revenue and expenditure forecasting, cost allocation, capital budgeting, cost-benefit analysis, discounting and present value, bond analysis, cash management and intergovernmental finance.

Schedule of Classes