Senior Lecturer

About Paula Worthington

Paula R. Worthington, Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, has taught hundreds of public policy graduate students the basics of state and local government fiscal policy analysis and cost-benefit analysis; led over 30 different small group practica projects; and advised numerous honors and independent study projects since joining Harris in 2004. She is consistently recognized for excellence in teaching, having been voted the Best Teacher in a Non-Core [elective] Class for nine of her 11 years at Harris, and this year, she was appointed to direct the new Harris Policy Labs program, which will provide an intensive five-month experiential learning opportunity to teams of second-year Harris MPP students. Her own interests are in state and municipal fiscal policies, and she is actively involved with efforts related to good governance and responsible financial policies via involvement and programming at Harris (via the Center for Municipal Finance) and with local civic organizations such as the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago.

Worthington received her PhD in economics from Northwestern University in 1988. She has served as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as a research officer, economic advisor, and senior research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and has published articles in academic journals and Federal Reserve publications. Immediately prior to joining Harris, Worthington taught as a lecturer in the economics department at Northwestern University. Her recent service activities include membership on the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Regional Planning and Investments Committee (2010–present); the Illinois Tax Foundation’s Research Advisory Council (2009–present); the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's Financial Plan Resource Group (2008–2009); and Evanston/Skokie School District 65's Citizens' Budget Committee (2003–2004).