Dr. Eric Scorsone is the director of the MSU Extension Center for Local Government, Finance and Policy. Dr. Scorsone is an MSU Extension specialist, and a professor of economics in the Department of Agricultural, Food, And Resource Economics. He worked as senior economist at the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency in 2010 and returned to Michigan State University in 2011. He also worked at MSU from 2005 to 2010. Prior to working at MSU in 2005, Dr. Scorsone developed award-winning Extension programs as an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky in the areas of rural health economics and economic development. He also served as an Economist for the Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budget and as a Senior Economist for the City of Aurora, Colorado.
He received his Ph.D. from Colorado State University, where his dissertation focused on economic models of growth in the Denver housing and labor markets. He received his Master’s degree from Michigan State University and a B.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago. He has also worked on international development projects in Thailand, Macedonia and Indonesia and has taught at the taught at the University of Bologna, Italy and University of Valencia, Spain in public performance management. He has published in State and Local Government Review, Growth and Change, Journal of Appalachian Studies, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Federal Studies, Public Money and Management, and International Review of Administrative Sciences. Dr. Scorsone is from Saginaw, Michigan and currently resides in DeWitt, Michigan.
January 26, 2016 | The top 20 unfunded liabilities across cities, villages and townships in Michigan.
February 14, 2014 | In response to financial challenges, county governments have adjusted spending and tried to maintain both critical public services and a reasonable level of reserves.
January 27, 2014 | Michigan City governments have experienced significant revenue shortfalls since 2008. In response, they have cut spending in areas such as city council offices and other general government functions while sparing public safety from the harshest cuts.
November 17, 2013 | As the Detroit bankruptcy proceeds, a critical question is how much is at stake and what do Detroit pensioners stand to lose in the process?
July 10, 2012 | Region is compared to four similar regions in U.S. using a series of benchmarks. Results indicate high spending on public safety, low spending on infrastructure and significant fiscal challenges for Lansing.