Mark Skidmore

State and local government finance, and policy analysis.

Professor Skidmore holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy at Michigan State University. Prior to 2007, he was Professor of Economics, and Chair of the Department of Economics at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he also directed the Center of Fiscal and Economic Research. In 1996, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Nagoya City University and Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan; in 1993, he taught at the United States Air Force Academy. Professor Skidmore is a specialist in state and local government finance, and public policy analysis.

Ph.D., Economics, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1994
M.A., Economics, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1992
B.A., Economics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1987

Relevant Publications:
“Assessing the Impact of Gasoline Sales-Below-Cost Laws on Retail Price and Market Structure: Implications for Consumer Welfare” (with Jimmy Peltier and George Milne, forthcoming in Journal of Public Policy and Marketing.
“The Effects of Changes in Property Tax Rates and School Spending on Residential and Business Property Value Growth” (with Sung Kang and Laura Reese), forthcoming in Real Estate Economics.
“The Political Economy of Ethanol Subsidies” (with Chad Cotti and James Alm), forthcoming in Economics and Politics.“Making Ends Meet: Options for Property Tax Reform in Detroit” (with Gary Sands), forthcoming in Journal of Urban Affairs.
“Natural Disaster Impacts and Fiscal Decentralization” (with Hideki Toya), Land Economics. Vol. 89, No. 1, 2013.
“Property Taxation, Education Finance Reform, and Tax Base Growth” (with Laura Reese and Sung Kang). Regional Science and Urban Economics. Vol. 42, No. 1-2, 2012.
“Do Wisconsin Tax Increment Finance Districts Stimulate Growth in Real Estate Values?” (with David Merriman and Russ Kashian), Real Estate Economics, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2011.
“Causes and Consequences of Fiscal Stress in Michigan Cities” (with Eric Scorsone), Regional Science and Urban Economics, Vol. 41 No. 4, 2011.
“On Estimating Marginal Tax Rates and Tax Progressivities for the U.S. States” (with Robert Reed and Cynthia Rogers), National Tax Journal, Vol. 64, No. 1, 2011.
“Property Value Assessment Growth Limits, Differential Tax Base Erosion and In-migration” (with Mehmet Tosun), Public Finance Review, Vol. 39, No. 2 2011.
“The Relationship between Tax Increment Finance and Property Taxation” (with Russ Kashian), Regional Science and Urban Economics, Vol. 40, No. 6, 2010.
“The Distributional Consequences of Michigan Property Tax Assessment Growth Limit” (with Charles Ballard and Timothy Hodge), National Tax Journal, Vol. 63, No. 2, 2010.
“The Impact of State Government Subsidies and Tax Credits in an Emerging Industry: Ethanol Production 1980-2007” (with Chad Cotti), Southern Economics Journal, Vol. 76, No. 4, 2010.
“An Examination of Inter-District Public School Transfers in Wisconsin” (with David Welsch and Bambi Statz), Economics of Education Review, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2010.
“A Reevaluation of the Effect of Human Capital Accumulation on Economic Growth: Using Natural Disasters as an Instrument” (with Hideki Toya and Raymond Robertson), Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 36, Vol. 1, 2010.
“The Relationship between Tax Increment Finance and Municipal Land Annexation”, (with David Merriman and Russ Kashian), Land Economics Vol. 85, No. 4, 2009.
“Voter Responses on Referenda to Exceed Revenue Limits”, (with Craig Maher), Public Budgeting and Finance, Vol. 29, No. 2, 2009.
“Examining Angler Behavior Using Contingent Behavior Modeling: A Case Study of Water Quality Change at a Wisconsin Lake.” (with Mark Eiswerth and Russ Kashian), Water Resources Research Vol. 44 (W11426): 10.1029/2006WR005828.
“Perfect Competition, Urbanization, and Tax Incidence in the Retail Gasoline Market” (with James Alm and Edward Sennoga), Economic Inquiry, Vol. 47, No. 1, 2009.
“Changing Education Finance Policy, School Referenda Activity and Success Rates: Evidence from 2
Wisconsin” (with Craig Maher), Public Finance Review, Vol. 36, No. 4, 2008
“Do New Lottery Games Stimulate Retail Activity? Evidence from West Virginia” (with Mehmet Tosun), Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2008.
“Is Local Government Spending Converging?” (with Steven Deller), Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2008.
“Cross-border and the Sales Tax: A Reexamination of Food Purchases in West Virginia”, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Topics), Article 63, 2007.
“Economic Development and the Impacts of Natural Disasters” (with Hideki Toya), Economics Letters, Vol. 94, 2007.
“Lake Rehabilitation the Value of Shoreline Real Estate: Evidence from Delavan, Wisconsin” (with Mark Eiswerth and Russ Kashian), Review of Regional Studies, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2006.
“A Small Sample Study of Traditional and Online Courses with Sample Selection Adjustment” (with Jeffrey Anstine), Journal of Economic Education, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2005.