SLGF Staff

Co-Director: Donald Boyd
Co-Director: Gang Chen
Researcher: Yimeng Yin

Donald Boyd

Donald Boyd, Co-Director

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Donald J. Boyd is co-director of the Project on State and Local Government Finance. Boyd is also a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and has long-term consulting arrangements with several think tanks. Boyd has over three decades of experience analyzing state and local government fiscal issues. Most recently, Boyd was director of fiscal studies at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, where he led the Institute’s analysis of state and local government finances and wrote or co-authored many of the Rockefeller Institute’s reports on the fiscal climate in the 50 states. While at the Institute, he also developed and led its Pension Simulation Project, which has been examining risks associated with public pension plans. His previous positions include executive director of the State Budget Crisis Task Force created by former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker and former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch; director of the economic and revenue staff for the New York State Division of the Budget; and director of the tax staff for the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Boyd holds a Ph.D. in managerial economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Gang Chen

Gang Chen, Co-Director

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Gang Chen is co-director of the Project on State and Local Government Finance. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY. Chen's research interests include state and local budgeting and finance, public pension management, fiscal stress management, and comparative public administration. He received a Ph.D. degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2013. Chen's work has been published in leading academic journals, including Public Budgeting & Finance, American Review of Public Administration, Administration & Society, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Municipal Finance Journal, and Public Performance and Management Review. Chen’s research on actuarial assumptions in public pension systems has been funded by the Steven H. Sandell grant program through the Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College. Professor Chen is also a fellow of the New York State Academy for Public Administration (SAPA). He also serves on the executive board of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM).

Yimeng Yin

Yimeng Yin, Economic Researcher

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Yimeng Yin is an economic researcher and modeler focusing on quantitative analysis of public policies. His work over the past three years has focused primarily on modeling the finances of public pension funds and setting their finances in the context of the finances of their contributing governments. His previous positions have included research assistant at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, and assistant researcher at the Center for Human and Economic Development Studies at Peking University where he conducted research on health policy issues in China, including health system reform, government health expenditures, and projection of health and human resource expenditures. Mr. Yin is a doctoral candidate in economics at the University at Albany; his dissertation topic involves linking a stochastic simulation model of pension fund finances to a parsimonious stochastic macroeconomic model of real output, inflation, and investment returns for several asset classes. Mr. Yin’s skills and interests include public economics, econometrics, economic forecasting, financial modeling, and simulation modeling.