Mark Skidmore

Mark Skidmore

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Professor and Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy; Resident Fellow and Interim Director, MSU Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy
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Ph.D., Economics, University of Colorado
M.A., Economics, University of Colorado
B.A., Economics, University of Washington

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Mark Skidmore is a tenured Professor and Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy, while currently serving as a resident fellow and interim director with the MSU Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy. 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 finance and policy, and price determination. 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 Skidmore’s research and outreach focuses on public finance policy and the relationship between policy and economic development.  Recent research areas include work on property taxation, regional development, and the economics of natural disasters. 

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


Student Mentoring

View a list of theses and dissertations written by Dr. Skidmore’s advisees 

Teaching Experience at MSU

  • Public Sector Budgeting and Program Evaluation
  • Applied Microeconomics II (graduate)