Mark L. Skidmore

Mark L.  Skidmore
  • Betty and David Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy
  • Established through a gift from David C. Morris
  • Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics


Mark Skidmore is a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Betty and David Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. He also holds an appointment in the Department of Economics at the College of Social Science. His most current research interests include economics of the public sector, economic development, and the economics of natural disasters.

He has three degrees in economics: a BA from the University of Washington, and an MA and PhD from the University of Colorado. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan State University in 2007, he held faculty appointments at Northern Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin. Skidmore was also a Fulbright Scholar at Nagoya City University and Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.

Skidmore has also served as a consultant on a range of issues, including economic development, government public finance and policy, and price determination. He is director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.

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 public finance policy and economic development.