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Thomas Luke Spreen

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Luke Spreen teaches and conducts research on public finance, budgeting, and financial management. Spreen’s research examines how fiscal policies affect the behavior of taxpayers and state and local governments. His research is published in academic journals, including the National Tax Journal, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, and the Public Finance Review. He was an economist at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics prior to his academic career.

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

Covers the fundamentals of accounting and financial management for public and nonprofit organizations. Through course readings, case studies, and short assignments, students will learn how to understand and use public sector financial information to inform decision making. The first half of the course will focus on: operating budgets, cash budgets, tools for evaluating capital budgeting decisions, and an introduction to accounting principles. Topics in the second half of the course include financial reporting, financial condition analysis, and unique aspects of accounting for public and nonprofit organizations. Along the way, students will gain familiarity with spreadsheet applications and financial calculations. By the end of the course, students should be able to read and interpret financial information and perform straightforward financial analyses. 
Schedule of Classes

Prerequisite(s): PLCY688R recommended