Richard Funderburg


Richard Funderburg is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and a visiting expert at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, where he is a member of the Fiscal Health of Illinois working group. He earned his Ph.D. in Planning, Policy, and Design at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Funderburg also holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from California State University, Sacramento. Professor Funderburg is an expert on state and local economic development policy. He has published over 15 studies of economic development in peer-reviewed urban planning and regional science journals. Professor Funderburg has extensive experience advising state and local governments, including appointments with the California Department of Finance and the California Employment Development Department. Dr. Funderburg is actively engaged in the local community, where he serves as a commissioner on the Village of Chatham Planning Commission and as chair of the Village’s Comprehensive Planning Steering Committee. Rick teaches budget and finance, community planning and policy, community economic development, and information for decision making.

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Recent Publications:

  • (Forthcoming) Funderburg, R., J. Drucker, D. Merriman, and R. Weber. “Is Tax Competition Strategic? Spatial Distributions of Business Property Tax Abatements in the Chicago Suburbs,” Economic Development Quarterly.
  • (2020) Drucker, J., R. Funderburg, D. Merriman, and R. Weber. “Do Local Governments Use Business Tax Incentives to Compensate for High Business Property Taxes?” Regional Science and Urban Economics, 81, 103498. Available here.
  • (2019) Funderburg, R. “Regional Employment and Housing Impacts of Tax Increment Financing Districts,” Regional Studies, 53, 874-886. Available here.
  • (2018) Drucker, J., R. Funderburg, D. Merriman, and R. Weber. The Use of Business Property Tax Incentives in Cook County, Illinois. Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois. Available here (PDF).
  • (2016) Lejano, R. and R. Funderburg. “Geographies of Risk, the Regulatory State, and the Ethic of Care,” Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 106, 1097-1113. Available here.