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Eric Scorsone

Professor, Director of MSU Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics


An expert in city and state government finance issues -- including those in the cities of Flint and Detroit -- and the national credit crisis. He is an expert in local government public finance, intergovernmental cooperation and consolidation, local government fiscal health, and community economic development.

Current Research

Healthcare and budget in Michigan

Selected Publications

  • Fernando Toboso and Eric Scorsone. “How much Power to Tax do Autonomous Communities in Spain Enjoy since the 1996 and 2001 Reforms” Review of Federalism Studies (Forthcoming, 2010).

  • Skidmore, Mark and Eric A. Scorsone. “The Causes and Consequences of Fiscal Stress in Michigan Municipalities”. State Tax Notes, September 2009.

  • Scorsone, Eric A. and Emanuele Padovani. “Comparing Local Government Performance Internationally: A Mission Impossible” Review of Administrative Science Vol. 75, No. 2, 2009.

  • Scorsone, Eric A. “New Developments: What are the Challenges in Transferring Lean Thinking to Government”. Public Money and Management Vol. 28, No. 1 (2008).

Government Focus

Local, State

Public Service

Economist for the Colorado governor’s Office of State Planning and Budget and senior economist for the City of Aurora, Colorado.