How can we use municipal finance techniques to improve government efficiency?

The Center for Municipal Finance (CMF) enables students and faculty to engage the major financial issues of the day facing state and local governments in the United States and around the globe. Some of the topical and enduring issues of municipal finance include financing infrastructure, the use of municipal bonds, privatization, pension liabilities and the efficacy of reform, tax base adequacy, and more.

“We need to rethink the practices and techniques of contemporary municipal finance to provide government services more efficiently and to manage pressing problems related to the public sector,” said Harris Professor Christopher Berry, who directs the CMF.

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January 17-19, 2017
Center for Municipal Finance Executive-in-Residence Program: Governor Bob Holden

Bob Holden, former Governor of Missouri, was the Center for Municipal Finance's Executive-in-Residence January 17-19, 2017. While at Harris Governor Holden gave three lunchtime lectures. 

November 10, 2016
Chris Berry at the Chicago Municipal Analysts Society's post-election municipal market outlook

After the 2016 election, Professor Chris Berry joined Natalie Cohen, managing director and head of municipal securities research–senior analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, and Joe Mysak, editor of the daily Bloomberg Brief, “Municipal Market,” Bloomberg News,  to discuss results and the municipal market outlook.

October 14, 2016
Conversations with Richard Ryffel, President of the Normandy Schools Collaborative in Ferguson Missouri

The Center for Municipal Finance hosted a series of conversations with Richard Ryffel, president of the Normandy Schools Collaborative, an urban school district under state academic and financial oversight that serves Ferguson, Missouri. 


Christopher Berry

Academic Director, Center for Municipal Finance

Christopher Berry

Christopher Berry is the Academic Director of the Center for Municipal Finance and a Professor at Harris.
Michael Belsky

Executive Director, Center for Municipal Finance

Michael Belsky, AM'83

Michael D. Belsky is the Executive Director of the Center for Municipal Finance at Harris and teaches a course on the fundamentals of municipal bonds as part of the Municipal Finance Certificate Program. Mr.