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August 18, 2022

Conference Honoring Johnny Yinger


220 Eggers Hall (Strasser Legacy Room)






For nearly 50 years, John “Johnny” Yinger has been a leading scholar on topics of discrimination in housing, housing hedonics, urban economics, education finance and local public finance. He has published 9 books, over 70 journal articles, more than 35 book chapters, and dozens of additional monographs, reports, and policy briefs. His book Closed Doors, Opportunities Lost won the 1995 Gustavus Meyers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America.

Other honors he has received include the 2017 Steven D. Gold Award from the Association for Public Policy and Management, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the National Tax Association, which “recognizes someone who has made a significant contribution to public financial management in the field of intergovernmental relations and state and local finance,” and the 2007 Distinguished Research Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the American Society for Public Administration, which goes to “an individual whose published work has had a substantial impact on the thought and understanding of public administration.” He received Syracuse University Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement in 1995-1996 and was elected a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration in 2008.

​Professor Yinger has also been a highly esteemed teacher. He received Syracuse University’s William Wasserstrom Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching in 2010 and the Economics Department’s Undergraduate Teaching Award for 1993-94.

​This conference honors Johnny’s distinguished career by bringing together leading scholars in the areas where he has made significant scholarly contributions. Papers will be presented on topics in education finance, housing market discrimination, the interaction of public service provision and housing markets, and the causes of segregation in urban areas. Johnny continues to work and make contributions in these areas, and a conference that engages him and his many students, collaborators and colleagues on these topics is a fitting way to honor his life’s work.

August 18th
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch and Welcome

12:30pm - 2:15pm: Education Finance and Policy
Introduction by Tom Downes
Tom Downes & Kieran Killeen, “Should Finance Formulae Account
for Student Mobility?: The Independent Effect on Mobility on Child
Academic Outcomes”
Jason Baron, “Public School Funding, School Quality, and Adult Crime”
Eric Brunner and Steve Ross, “School Finance Reform and Civic Engagement”

2:15pm – 2:30pm: Break

2:30pm – 4:00pm: Housing Market Discrimination
Introduction by Jan Ondrich
Michael Gaddis. “A Tale of Two Cities: Heterogeneity in Racial/Ethnic Discrimination in the Canadian Housing Market”
Jeehee Han, “The Spillover Effects of the Source of Income Anti-Discrimination Laws on Public Housing”

6:00pm– 8:00pm: Dinner at Dinosaur BBQ, 246 W. Willow St, Syracuse, NY 13202

August 19th
8:30am – 9:00am: Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 10:45am: Schools, Public Services and Property Values
Introduction by Phuong Nguyen-Hoang
Cora Wigger, “Persistence and Variation in the Capitalization of Neighborhood Schools in Housing Markets”
Sam Stemper, "School Segregation, Student Achievement, and Parental Preferences."
Eric Brunner, Ben Hoen, and David Schwegman, “The Impact of
Wind Turbines on Property Values: New Evidence from a
Nationwide Study”

10:45am- 11:00am: Break

11:00am - 12:30pm: Residential Sorting
Introduction by Steve Ross
Greg Caetano, “A Unified Empirical Framework to Study Segregation”
Fernando Ferreira, "Household Mobility, Neighborhood Networks,
and Gentrification"

12:30pm– 1:00pm: Closing

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