Lang (Kate) Yang

Lang Kate Yang
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
MPA 601G
School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street NW
MPA Suite 601G
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
United States
[email protected]
Lang (Kate) Yang's personal website

Areas of Expertise

  • Public budgeting and finance
  • Government financial management
  • Municipal bond market



Lang (Kate) Yang 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 source, type and impact of state and local government fiscal stress, especially severe fiscal challenges such as default and bankruptcy, in the fiscal federalism framework. She publishes in journals including Public Administration Review, National Tax Journal, Health Economics, Public Budgeting and Finance and Local Government Studies. 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 


"Negative Externality of Fiscal Problems: Dissecting the Contagion Effect of Municipal Bankruptcy." Public Administration Review, 2018.

"Financial Management Conservatism under Constraints: Tax and Expenditure Limits and Local Deficit Financing during the Great Recession." Local Government Studies, 2017. 

“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


2018 Lincoln Institute Scholar

2017 Winner of NASPAA's Outstanding Dissertation Award

Classes Taught

PPPA 6005   Public Budgeting, Revenue & Expenditure

PPPA 6053   Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations