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Howard A. Chernick

Professor • Member of the Doctoral Faculty at CUNY's Graduate Center

Ph.D. Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1976
Fields: Public Finance, Public Policy

Office:    HW 1528
Voice:    212-772-5440
Fax:       212-772-5398



Howard Chernick is a Research Affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to Hunter College in 1982, he was a senior researcher in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 1989-90 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation . He has been Visiting Professor at the Milano School of Public Policy at the New School for Social Research (1997-98), Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (Fall 1999), and Invited Visiting Professor, Faculty of Political Economy, Université de Rennes 1, France (Spring 2000 and 2001). Since 1998 he has been a Research Affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Chernick is also a Member of the Board of Directors, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy - Citizens for Tax Justice .

Professor Chernick's research specializes in the economics of the public sector, with special attention to the distributional impacts of government spending and taxation. He is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence for Applied Scholarship, Hunter College, 2005. He is actively involved in public policy in New York, serving as a consultant to the City of New York Independent Budget Office and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. Recent research projects study the effect of Food Stamps on the fiscal decisions of states and the effect of devolution on the finances of big cities. The Food Stamp project was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the main Joint Center for Poverty Research of the University of Chicago and Northwestern . The urban public finance study was funded by the Brookings Instiution . In 1999-2000 he served as Technical Advisor for Project 2001, Financial and Fiscal Commission of the Republic of South Africa, helping to develop intergovernmental grant formulae for funding provincial health education, and welfare services.

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