Sara Hinkley is the associate director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley. She also teaches in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Hinkley’s research focuses on state and local public finance, economic development policy, labor and economic and social inequality in cities. She has written about the impact of the Great Recession on U.S. city budgets and services, the growing complexity of municipal finance, the relationship between fiscal policy and widening inequality, the gendered dynamics of austerity and the long-term impacts of the Great Recession. Sara has worked on research projects at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Center for Community Innovation at UC Berkeley.