Dr. Lang (Kate) Yang

Assistant Professor
Faculty: Full-Time
MPA 601G
Address: Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street NW
MPA Suite 601G
Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
Phone: 202-994-6621
Fax: 202-994-6792
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Public budgeting and finance
  • Government financial management
  • Tax policy, especially at the state and local level


Lang (Kate) Yang is an assistant professor in the Trachtenberg School. She teaches public budgeting and finance and conducts research on state and local public finance and financial management. For recent research projects, Dr. Yang examines the impact of various fiscal rules imposed by states on local governments, including tax and expenditure limits and municipal bankruptcy authorizations, and the source, type and impact of state and local government fiscal stress. She publishes in policy and economics journals including National Tax Journal, Health Economics, Public Budgeting and Finance. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a program evaluation specialist for the Minnesota state legislature.


PhD, Public Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington
MPP, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
BA, Law, China Foreign Affairs University 


“Responsiveness of Income to Local Income Taxes: Evidence from Indiana,” with Bradley T. Heim, National Tax Journal, 2017
"The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Self-Employment," with Bradley T. Heim, Health Economics, 2017
"Indiana's Property Tax Caps: Old Idea, New Approach, and Surprising Incentives," with Justin Ross and Madeline Farrell, Public Budgeting and Finance, 2015

Personal Interests

  • Travelling
  • Playing badminton
  • Attempting to raise a trilingual child


2017 Winner of NASPAA's Outstanding Dissertation Award

Classes Taught

PPPA 6005 Public Budgeting, Revenue & Expenditure

Dr. Lang Yang