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Roy Kelly, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, Duke Center for International Development  

Office Location: 280 Rubenstein Hall
Office Phone: (919) 613-9392, (919) 613-9230
Duke Box: 90237
Email Address: roykelly@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • International, International Development
  • Public Finance, State and Local Government Finance

PhD, Harvard University, 1985
MCRP, Harvard University, 1981
BA, Magna Cum Laude, West Virginia University, 1976

Research Categories: International Development

Current projects: Fiscal Decentralization in Ghana, Fiscal Decentralization and Property Tax Reform, Improving Public Financial Management through Decentralization in Developing Countries

Research Description: Research: Fiscal Decentralization; Public financial management and budgeting, intergovernmental transfers; local government finance; property taxation

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. with J. Boex. "Fiscal Federalism and Intergovernmental Financial Relations." International Handbook of Public Financial Management. Ed. R. Allan, R. Hemming and B. Potter Palgrave McMillan, 2013
  2. R. Kelly. "Making the Property Tax Work." (2013). [ispwp1311.pdf‎]  [abs] [author's comments]
  3. R. Kelly. "Property Tax Collection and Enforcement." Primer for the Property Tax. Ed. W. McCluskey Wiley-Blackwell Publication, 2013
  4. R. Kelly and Jamie Boex. "Fiscal Decentralization in Kenya: A Small Step or Giant Leap?”." (2011). Urban Institute Policy Brief, May 2011 [html]
  5. R. Kelly. "“Stock Taking of Fiscal Decentralization Policies in Nepal: Consolidated Report,”." (2011). [Stocktaking%20Final%20Report_%20Kelly%202012%20revised.pdf]  [abs] [author's comments]
  6. R. Kelly with Nick Devas. "Regulation or Revenues? An Analysis of Local Business Licensing, with a Case Study of the Single Business Permit Reform in Kenya." Public Administration and Development 21 (2001): 381-391.
  7. R. Kelly. "Designing a Property Tax Reform for Sub-Saharan Africa: An Analytical Framework applied to Kenya." Public Finance and Budgeting 20.4 (2000): 36-51.
  8. R. Kelly with Graham Glenday, Meera Mehta. "Kenya: An Assessment of Local Service Delivery and Local Government in Kenya." World Bank Report 24383 (June 25, 2002).
  9. R. Kelly with Glenn Jenkins and Rup Khadka. ""Central-Local Fiscal Relations"." Reengineering Tax Systems in Low-Income Countries: An Application to Nepal. Ed. Glenn P. Jenkins and Rup Khadka New York: Kluwer Law International, 2002
  10. R. Kelly with Marco Montes, Edith Maseya, Kenneth Nkandkha and Kiisa Tombere. "Improving Revenue Mobilization in Malawi: Study on Business Licensing and Property Rates (Final Report)." (October, 2001). (Policy Research submitted to the Decentralization Secretariat (Government of Malawi).)  [abs]
  11. R. Kelly. "Strengthening the Revenue Side." Fiscal Decentralization in Indonesia a Decade after Big Bang. University of Indonesia Press, 2012  [abs]

Curriculum Vitae

Roy Kelly