Fiscal Research

Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

246 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

The work of the fiscal research team includes examining infrastructure finance, capital budgeting practices, and infrastructure impacts. Most of the analysis is developed for the U.S. context, but there is some research in the international context.

Infrastructure Finance

IURIF examines how state and local governments generate and allocate revenue to support their infrastructure. Research in this area encompasses the study of current and potential taxes, user fees, innovative financial arrangements, and public private partnerships.

In addition, as part of the multiple-year Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness (TPEC) program, IURIF annually compiles and updates the Minnesota Transportation Finance (MNTF) Database. TPEC is funded by the 2013 State Legislature. The longitudinal and spatially integrated database for Minnesota transportation finance is a solid foundation for understanding transportation finance issues, informing decision making, enhancing public engagement, and facilitating transportation studies.

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Minnesota Transportation Finance Database

Capital Budgeting Practices

IURIF examines how state and local governments plan for capital investments under increasing constraints.

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Capital Budgeting in Minnesota Transportation

Infrastructure Impacts

The fiscal analysis team examines and assesses impacts of infrastructure investments made by states and localities. Infrastructure investments have a social and economic impact that are studied through quantitative and qualitative methods.

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Social Infrastructure

IURIF's Social Infrastructure research area focuses on understanding and enhancing the foundational elements that support societal well-being. Through innovative studies and multidisciplinary approaches, the research team at IURIF delves into various aspects of social infrastructure, including social security, public retirement systems, water and wastewater treatment, localities and Native nations' financial system assessments, education, healthcare, housing, and community development. By identifying challenges and opportunities in these critical areas, IURIF aims to understand current challenges and propose sustainable solutions that promote inclusivity, equity, and resilience. The research conducted in this domain plays a pivotal role in shaping policies and practices that strengthen our society.

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Tribal Finance

  • Tribal Finance Pilot Program