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Eugenia Gorina

Associate Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management, The University of Texas, Dallas
Chapter Leader: Dallas-Fort Worth SSN
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About Eugenia

Gorina's research focuses on studying government financial sustainability at the subnational level and includes work on city fiscal health, financial reserves accumulation and use, retirement system funding and reform as well as work on migration and its economic and social effects. Gorina's research has been funded by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

In the News

Opinion: "When Cities Face Hard Financial Times, Pension Liabilities Are Often the First To Go Underfunded," Eugenia Gorina, LSE Phelan US Centre, June 14, 2019.
Opinion: "Using Fiscal Ratios to Predict Local Fiscal Distress," Eugenia Gorina (with Marc Joffe and Craig Maher), Mercatus Center at George Mason University, April 24, 2018.
Opinion: "Broke Cities," Eugenia Gorina (with Craig Maher), U.S. News, January 3, 2017.


"Voters, Neighbors, and City Performance in Environmental Sustainability Transitions" (with Doug Goodman, Romeo Abraham, Brett Cease, and P. Edward French). Public Integrity (2022).

Points at a non-neutral role of social factors in sustainability transitions and suggests that cities pursuing the environmental mission can withstand tough economic times without substantial performance tradeoffs.

"Pension Reforms and Public Sector Turnover " (with Trang Hoang). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 30, no. 1 (2019): 96–112.

Examines changes in public sector workforce turnover in response to the reforms of state retirement systems and finds that, on average, a pension reform was associated with a four percent increase in turnover, with stronger effects in states with higher shares of college-educated workers in the public sector.

"Toward a Theory of Fiscal Slack" (with Craig Maher and Sungho Park). Public Budgeting and Finance 39, no. 4 (2019): 48-74.

Observes that cities with more volatile revenues hold about the same resources in reserve funds as cities with more stable revenues. Shows that cities with a wealthier tax base tend to have higher fiscal reserves.