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Jim Landers

Associate Professor of Clinical Public Affairs

Jim Landers teaches public budgeting and finance and has research interests in state and local taxation and state and local economic development programs and policy. He teaches graduate and undergraduate budgeting and finance courses.

Professor Landers received his PhD from the School of Public Policy and Management at The Ohio State University and has an MPA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a BA from the University of Kentucky.

He recently retired as director of the Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis (OFMA) of the Indiana Legislative Services Agency where he led a team of fiscal analysts and economists who conduct fiscal and economic research and prepare fiscal impact statements on proposed legislation for the Indiana General Assembly. Prior to serving as the fiscal director he was senior fiscal analyst and his primary research areas included individual income tax, corporate income tax, gaming taxes, state lottery and economic development programs. He also assisted with Indiana’s state revenue forecast.

Prior to his work in Indiana, Professor Landers served as a researcher and legislative drafter for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission and as a research analyst for the Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research.

His other professional activities have included adjunct teaching roles with the Glenn College most recently and for the School of Professional Studies at Northwestern University and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. He is also a past president and executive committee member for the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices and has participated in staff and legislative training activities with the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.