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Allen Franklin


Allen Franklin


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Finance Fellow



This Rappaport Public Finance Summer Fellowship provides a stipend to students who undertake a project related to public finance. Traditionally these projects have been a continuation of work conducted in Greater Boston Applied Field Lab: Advanced Budgeting, Financial Management and Operations lab offered by Professor Linda Bilmes.

Graduate School
Harvard Kennedy School

Amy Mahler, Harvard Kennedy School and former Rappaport/Boston Urban Scholar and Stevie Olson, Senior Analyst for Capital Outlay, New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee

Professor Justin de Benedictis-Kessner

Description of Fellowship
Allan worked with Professor Justin de Benedictis-Kessner to synthesize data from US cities, including Boston and others, to research the equitable distribution of infrastructure resources such as sidewalks and street paving and the role of political participation in these patterns.

Through his work this summer, Allan looked to deepen his knowledge of municipal government decision-making and expanded his understanding of how politics plays a key role in successful infrastructure.