Jae Young Lim

Visiting Faculty, Department of Public Administration and Policy

Jae Young Lim received a Ph.D. degree at the University of Georgia Athens in August 2016. His dissertation discussed the determinants of public pension liabilities that focused on state defined benefit plans and explored major issues of public pensions from pension debts to pension reforms. He maintains keen teaching interest in diverse public budgeting and finance courses, public administration theories and history, and local government administration; his research areas include public pensions as well as fiscal cutbacks at the state and local level, executive reorganization, organization termination, historical examination of public administration, urban politics, and social welfare.


– B.A., University of Texas at Austin (High Honors / History & Government), 2004

– MPA., University of Georgia at Athens, 2010

– Ph.D., University of Georgia at Athens, 2016

Areas of Expertise

– Public Budgeting Theories
– Public Financial Administration
– Public Financial Management
– State and Local Taxation
– Local government administration and politics
– Public Pensions
– Social Welfare (Theories & History)
– Fiscal Cutbacks

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

– Graduate School Fellowship

– Department Scholarship

– Summer Graduate Fellowship

– Shelton Graduate Fellowship


– Midwest Political Science Association

– American Political Science Association

Research Interests

My research areas include public pensions at the state and local level. I am also interested in the interplay between fiscal cutbacks and public expenditure and management behavior at both state and local level. My long-term interest is to integrate social welfare into public budgeting and finance.

Selected Publications

– 2016. “Several Diverse Effects of Reorganization: Evidence from the USCIS,” with Soo-Young Lee, Taesik Yun, and Andrew B. Whitford. Review of Public Personnel Administration. Revise and Resubmit.

– 2016. “The Evolution of Termination Research and Its Future Challenges.”Journal of Public Policy. Under Review.

– 2016. “The Determinants of Unfunded Public Pension Liabilities.” American Review of Public Administration. Under Review.