David Merriman is a professor at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, and in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also codirects the University of Illinois' Fiscal Futures Project, which monitors the fiscal condition of the State of Illinois, and serves on the State of Illinois Council of Economic Advisors. Professor Merriman's scholarly work has included numerous papers on tax increment financing, Cook County assessment caps, and Walmart's effect on local retail markets. His work has been published in many scholarly journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.