Justin Marlowe

Research Professor,
Harris School of Public Policy,
University of Chicago

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Justin Marlowe is a prominent expert on public finance. He focuses on municipal securities markets, infrastructure finance, state and local budgeting, and financial disclosure.

An experienced expert witness, Professor Marlowe has testified on matters involving the municipal bond market; cost accounting for government services; state and local governmental accounting, taxation, and finance; and public-private partnerships (P3). He has provided testimony in federal and state cases, and in enforcement actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Professor Marlowe is a Certified Government Financial Manager and has experience with Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issues.

Professor Marlowe has consulted to state and local governments, and public, private, and nonprofit entities. He was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration, a congressionally chartered organization that evaluates emerging trends in public policy and management. In addition, he serves as a senior fellow at the Center for Digital Government.

In his research, Professor Marlowe addresses issues related to municipal securities, governmental accounting, cost analysis, and fiscal policy. He has also studied the effects of climate change; environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing; and investor sentiment on municipal finance. Professor Marlowe has advised technical advisory bodies such as the Brookings Institution, the GASB, the Government Finance Officers Association, and the National Academies of Science.

Professor Marlowe has authored or edited four books, as well as book chapters on topics related to financial management in the public sector. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in leading municipal finance journals. Professor Marlowe serves as the editor-in-chief of Public Budgeting & Finance. His research has been cited in U.S. and international media.

An award-winning educator, Professor Marlowe teaches graduate-level courses on public finance and municipal securities at the University of Chicago. Previously, he held faculty positions at the University of Washington and at the University of Kansas.

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