Steven D. Gold Award

About the Steven D. Gold Award

APPAM approved this award in 1997 when the Policy Council adopted a policy for the creation of awards in recognition or memory of a specific person. That policy states that the association will not use operating funds to support honoraria for such awards. Accordingly, this award does not offer an honorarium. This is the only award offered through APPAM that also is offered by other associations in the public policy and management field.

The Steve Gold Award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to public financial management in the field of intergovernmental relations and state and local finance. The award is given annually by APPAM, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the National Tax Association, in memory of Steve Gold, an active member of all three organizations whose career and life tragically were shortened by illness.

Winners of the Steve Gold Award receive a plaque and recognition at the annual conference of the specific organization that chairs the selection committee. The sponsoring organizations rotate in chairing the selection committee. 


2021 Steven D. Gold Award Recipient



Joan Youngman
Department of Valuation and Taxation at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Joan is senior fellow and chair of the Department of Valuation and Taxation at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is an attorney and author of numerous articles and books concerning land and building taxation and valuation. She has undertaken international research and educational work for the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund, and the Harvard Law School International Tax Program. She is the author of A Good Tax (2016), and Legal Issues in Property Valuation and Taxation: Cases and Materials (2006), a co-author of State and Local Taxation: Cases and Materials (10th edition 2014), and co-editor of the books Erosion of the Property Tax Base (2009), Making the Property Tax Work: Experiences in Developing and Transitional Countries (2008), and The Development of Property Taxation in Economies in Transition: Case Studies from Central and Eastern Europe (2001).  Joan is a leading expert on property tax and brings legal expertise to the study of the tax. She has devoted her career to illuminating the property tax, explaining the nuances of property tax regressivity, and pointing out areas of disagreement and need for further study.

Joan Youngman’s work will be celebrated and she will accept the Steve Gold Award at the 114th Annual Conference of the National Tax Association in November.


Prior Recipients

(* denotes an APPAM award year)

  • 2020*: Robert Costrell, University of Arkansas
  • 2019: David Teal, Alaska Legislative Finance Division
  • 2018: Therese McGuire, Northwestern University
  • 2017*: John M. Yinger, Syracuse University
  • 2016: Jonathan Ball, Utah Legislative Fiscal Analyst
  • 2015: John Mikesell, Indiana University
  • 2014*: Ronald C. Fisher, Michigan State University
  • 2013: Stephen Klein, Vermont Joint Fiscal Office
  • 2012: David Sjoquist of Georgia State University
  • 2011*: Andrew Reschovsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs
  • 2010: Gary Olson, Director of the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency
  • 2009: George Zodrow, Rice University
  • 2008*: Elizabeth Hill, California Legislative Analysts Office
  • 2007: Robert Lang, Director of the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau
  • 2006: Gary Cornia, Brigham Young University
  • 2005*: Robert Strauss, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2004: David Crotts, Chief Economist, State of North Carolina Legislature
  • 2003: William Fox, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • 2002*: Helen Ladd, Duke University
  • 2001: Robert Keaton, Chief Budget Analyst and Director of the State Senate Fiscal Office, State of Louisiana
  • 2000: Robert Ebel, World Bank Institute
  • 1999*: Robert Greenstein and Iris Lav, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • 1998: Victor Vernon, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, State of Alabama
  • 1997: John Shannon, The Urban Institute