The Fiscal Research Center (FRC) is a nonpartisan academic think tank that leverages the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ public finance expertise to assist Georgia’s state policymakers on questions of tax and economic policy. It is led by Kenneth Heaghney, who also serves as the state fiscal economist.
The FRC’s technical assistance responsibilities include supporting the Georgia state fiscal economist, developing estimates for tax-related fiscal notes, writing the Georgia State Tax Expenditure Budget, and conducting research on a variety of topics associated with Georgia state and local fiscal policy issues.
The work of the FRC also includes collaborating with faculty, developing graduate student capacity, and maintaining the data resources and technical capacity to make the center an area of excellence in state and local tax and economic policy.
Public Finance Research Cluster
Fiscal Research Center is part of the Andrew Young School’s Public Finance Research Cluster. The Center for State and Local Finance and the International Center for Public Policy also operate under this umbrella structure.
The cluster is aimed at strengthening the school’s applied public finance research and training. It uses the natural synergies and staff expertise among the three centers to increase the impact of the public finance research and training in the United States and abroad.
The cluster is led by Jorge-Martinez-Vasquez.