Mark Skidmore

Mark Skidmore

Ph.D., Economics, University of Colorado
M.A., Economics, University of Colorado
B.A., Economics, University of Washington

Professor and Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Economics
Michigan State University

446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 91
Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

517 353 9172, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Biographical Information

Professor Skidmore’s major fields of research are public economics and economic development. He currently holds the position of Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy and is a member of MSU Extension State and Local Government Team. Additionally, he serves as Director fo the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. He holds tenure system appointments in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics and Economics. He has served as a consultant on a range of issues including economic development, government public finance and policy, and price determination. Mark is also a Visiting Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Recent research areas include economics of the public sector, economic development and the economics of natural disasters. He has published the results of his research in journals such as Economic Inquiry, Economics Letters, Journal of Urban Economics, National Tax Journal, and Public Choice. Much of Dr. Skidmore’s research and outreach focuses on public finance policy and the relationship between public finance policy and economic development. 

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Intergovernmental relations and the effectiveness of government operations
  • Interrelationship between government activities and economic development
  • The impact government tax/subsidies/development incentives on economic activity
  • Economics of natural disasters