Seth Payton

Seth Payton

Assistant Professor
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Office: BS 4076
Phone: 317-278-4898

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Payton joined the SPEA IUPUI faculty in the fall of 2010 after nearly 11 years as an analyst with the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, part of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. He continues to be engaged in funded research projects involving public finance, public service valuation and housing.


  • Ph.D., Public Affairs: Public Finance and Policy Analysis, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2010
  • MPA, Public Affairs: Policy Analysis, Indiana University-Indianapolis, 1998
  • B.S., Public Affairs: Public Management, Indiana University-Indianapolis, 1996

Professional experience

  • Analyst, Center for Urban Policy and the Environment-IU Public Policy Institute, 1999-2010
  • Analyst, Department of Metropolitan Development- City of Indianapolis, 1998-1999

Major fields of expertise

  • Public finance and budgeting
  • Housing and Urban Policy
  • Public Service Valuation

Refereed publications

  • Dumortier, J., Kent, M., Payton S.B. (forthcoming). Plug-in Vehicles and the Future of Road Infrastructure Funding in the United States. Energy Policy.
  • Stucky, T.D., Payton, S.B., Ottensmann, J.R. (forthcoming). Intra- and Inter-Neighborhood Income Inequality and Crime. Journal of Crime and Justice.
  • Payton, S. B. (forthcoming). Neighborhood Foreclosures and Property Tax Burden: An Examination of Change in Valuation Standard and Assessment Equity. Journal of Urban Affairs.
  • Payton, S.B., Stucky, T.D., Ottensmann, J.R. (forthcoming). The Spatial Extent of the Effect of Foreclosures on Crime. Social Science Research.
  • Payton, S. B., & Ottensmann, J. R. (2014). The Implicit Price of Urban Public Parks and Greenways: A Spatial-Contextual Approach. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, (ahead-of-print), 1-18
  • Payton, S. B., & Kennedy, S. S. (2013). Fiscal Magic: Outsourcing and the Taxing Power. State and Local Government Review, 45(3), 189-195.
  • Payton, S. B. (2012). The Impact of Property Assessment Standards on Property Tax Burden: An Examination of Systematic Bias in a Market Value Versus a Nonmarket Value Assessment Standard. Public Finance Review, 40(5), 584-613.
  • Stucky, T. D., Ottensmann, J. R., & Payton, S. B. (2012). The Effect of Foreclosures on Crime in Indianapolis, 2003–2008. Social Science Quarterly, 93(3), 602-624.
  • Payton, S., Lindsey, G., Wilson, J., Ottensmann, J. R., & Man, J. (2008). Valuing the Benefits of the Urban Forest: A Spatial Hedonic Approach. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 51(6), 717-736.
  • Ottensmann, J. R., Payton, S., & Man, J. (2008). Urban Location and Housing Prices within a Hedonic Model. The Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, 38, 19-35.
  • Payton, S. (2006). A Spatial Analytic Approach to Examining Property Tax Equity After Assessment Reform in Indiana. Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, 36(2), 182-193.
  • Lindsey, G., Man, J., Payton, S., & Dickson, K. (2004). Property Values, Recreation Values, and Urban Greenways. Journal of Park & Recreation Administration, 22(3).

Courses taught

  • SPEA-V379 Performance Measure and Program Evaluation
  • SPEA (Bloomington)-V 161 Urban Problems and Solutions
  • SPEA-V 264 Urban and Structure and Policy
  • SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques
  • SPEA-V 517 Public Management Economics
  • SPEA-V 600 Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs


  • City of Indianapolis, Department of Metropolitan Development
  • City of Indianapolis, Department of Parks and Recreation
  • City of Indianapolis, High Performance Government Task Force
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform
  • Indiana Gaming Commission
  • Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
  • Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership
  • Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors
  • Young Audiences of Indiana
  • Gambling Impact Study Commission

Awards and recognition

  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Dissertation Fellowship
  • M. Jarvin Emerson Best Student Paper Award, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association
  • Mike Curro Student Paper Award, Association of Budgeting and Financial Management