Maxwell School, Syracuse University

America's Ailing Cities:
Fiscal Health and the Design of Urban Policy
by Helen F. Ladd and John Yinger

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America's Ailing Cities: Fiscal Health and the Design of Urban Policy by Helen F. Ladd and John Yinger

“This valuable study of the fiscal health of American cities makes an important contribution to our understanding of urban public finance, and provides the basis for a thoughtful and coherent public policy that deals with the infrastructure and service needs that are certain to arise in the next twenty or thirty years.” 
Daniel L. Rubinfeld, Journal of Economic Literature, December 1990, pp. 1745-1747.
 

“This impressive work is the most comprehensive attempt thus far to look at fiscal conditions in America’s central cities…. [T]his work…is set apart from many earlier works by the complexity of the analysis and the comprehensive approach to the topic….  Ladd and Yinger have done their homework.  The research is exhaustive and their analysis precise….  The authors’ treatment of cities as complex fiscal entities within an intergovernmental setting is especially illuminating.”  
B. J. Reed, Public Administration Review, November/December 1989, pp. 570-571.
 

"An important contribution to the debate about the causes of, and cures to, the fiscal troubles of major American cities.  It deserves a wide audience."
Peter V. Schaeffer, Journal of the Community Development Society

Trustee Professor of Public Administration and Economics