Friday, December 17, 2010

Ms. Heidi Jane Smith-a Ph.D. candidate in Public Management within FIU's Public Administration Doctoral program-was awarded the Fulbright-Garcia Roble

Ms. Smith, MPP and recent candidate in Public Management, was selected for the Fulbright Garcia-Robles Grant to live and complete her dissertation research in Mexico City for the academic year 2010-11. She is researching local public finances and municipal debt capacity for the 2,454 local governments in Mexico. Furthermore she will be working as a visiting professor at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), one of Mexico's most important centers of teaching and research in the social sciences.

Furthermore, her dissertation will examine local governments’ efforts to promote economic development in Latin America. The research uses a mixed methodology to explore how cities make decisions to innovate, develop
and finance economic development programs. First, this study will provide a comparative analysis of decentralization policies in Argentina and Mexico as a means to gain a better understanding of the degree of autonomy exercised by local governments. Next, it will examine the budgets and fiscal capacity of six cities, three of which are located in Argentina—Santa Fe, Rosario, and Rafaela—and three of which are located in Mexico—Leon, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Specific attention will be paid to each city’s efforts at collecting taxes and promoting economic development programs. Finally, this research will also use statistical data gathered from Latin American municipal associations to test whether cities which report being more fiscally autonomous (measured by the collection of more own-source revenue) are better able to stimulate effective economic development programs, and ultimately, create jobs within their communities.

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Sustainable Financial Management of Local Capital Markets

Professor Heidi Smith from Iberoamericana University in Mexico  City was invited to discuss [Published]:2018-06-19 [Views]:32 Translated fro...