|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. He holds appointments in the Department of Agricultural 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. 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.
- 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
Cotti, Chad, Skidmore, Mark. 2010. The Impact of State Government Subsidies and Tax Credits in an Emerging Industry: Ethanol Production 1980-2007. Southern Economic Journal 76 (4): 1076-1093.
Skidmore, Mark. 2010. On the Relationship Between Tax Increment Finance and Property Taxation. Regional Science and Urban Economics 40: 407-414.
Toya, Hideki, Skidmore, Mark. 2010. Using Natural Disasters as a Test of Fiscal Decentralization Performance. Eastern Economic Journal 36: 120-137.
Skidmore, Mark, Merriman, David, Kashian, Russ. 2009. The Relationship between Tax Increment Finance and Municipal Land Annexation. Land Economics 85 (4): 598-613.
Skidmore, Mark, Scorsone, Eric A. 2009. Causes and Consequences of Fiscal Stress in Michigan Municipalities. State Tax Notes 53 (10): 675-694.
Alm, James, Sennoga, Edward, Skidmore, Mark. 2009. Perfect Competition, Urbanization, and Tax Incidence in the Retail Gasoline Market. Economic Inquiry 47 (1): 118-134.
Skidmore, Mark. 2008. Do New Lottery Games Stimulate Retail Activity? Evidence from West Virginia. Journal of Regional Science and Policy/University of Wisconson 38 (2): 44-55.
*Skidmore, Mark, Deller, Steven. 2008. Is Local Government Spending Converging?. Eastern Economic Journal/Palgrave 34 (1): 41-55. www.palgrave-journals.com/eej.
Merriman, David, Skidmore, Mark, Kashian, Russ. 2008. Do Wisconsin's Tax Increment Finance Districts Stimulate Real Estate Values?. State Tax Notes/Tax Analysts 47 (2): 105-112. www.taxanalysts.com.
Maher, Craig, Skidmore, Mark. 2008. Changing Education Finance Policy, School Referenda Activity and Success Rates: Evidence from Wisconsin. Public Finance Review/Sage 431-455. pfr.sagepub.com.
“Perfect Competition, Urbanization, and Tax Incidence in the Retail Gasoline Market” (with James Alm and Edward Sennoga), forthcoming in Economic Inquiry.
“Economic Development and the Impacts of Natural Disasters” (with Hideki Toya), Economics Letters, Vol. 94, 2007
“Do Motor Fuel Sales-Below-Cost Laws Lower Prices?” (with James Alm and James Peltier), Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 57, No. 1, 2005.
“Interstate Competition and the Limits of State Lottery Revenues” (with Mehmet Tosun), National Tax Journal, Vol. LVII, No. 2, 2004
“Do Natural Disasters Promote Long-run Growth?” (with Hideki Toya), Economic Inquiry, Vol. 40, No. 4, 2002.
"Did Distortionary Sales Taxation Contribute to the Growth of the Service Sector?" (with David Merriman), National Tax Journal, Vol. LII, No. 1, 2000.
Funded Research Projects
- Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Grant (co-funded with University of Wisconsin-Extension): An evaluation of the effects of tax increment financing in Wisconsin, 2005-2006.
- University of Wisconsin-Extension Grant: An examination of the relationship between lake water quality and local economic activity, 2004.
- Urban Institute Grant: An examination of examined Medicaid spending across the states, 2001.
- Fulbright Grant, Japan, 1996-1997.