Dan S. Rickman
Regents Professor of Economics, Oklahoma State University
338 Business Building
Stillwater, OK 74078
Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsRickman does research on the role of public policy in state and local economic development and growth. A common theme of his research is demonstrating the link between various policies and general social well-being. Another area of his research is improving economic modeling for policy analysis and forecasting. He also regularly publishes and presents forecasts of the Oklahoma economy.
"U.S. State and Local Fiscal Policies and Non-metropolitan Area Economic Performance: A Spatial Equilibrium Analysis" (with Yihua Yu). Papers in Regional Science 92, no. 3 (2013): 579-597.
Investigates the relationship between economic activity and state and local government taxes and expenditures. Finds that both taxes and expenditures affect the attractiveness of an area to businesses and households. Some government expenditures more positively increase attractiveness than equal-sized reductions in taxes.
"Focus on the Fundamentals" in Developing the Oklahoma Economy, edited by The Oklahoma Academy for State Goals (Oklahoma Academy, 2011), 74-75.
Argues that Oklahoma should focus on enhancing long-term fundamental factors that make households and firms more likely to locate in the state. Simple quick fixes such as the use of tax incentives or subsidies are less likely to lead to long-term economic prosperity.
"Sharing the Gains of Local Economic Growth: Race to the Top vs. Race to the Bottom Economic Development Policies" (with Stephan Goetz, Mark Partridge, and Shibalee Majumdar). Environment and Planning C 29, no. 3 (2011): 428-456.
Examines whether policies related to the race-to-the-bottom in government spending, taxation and regulation were more correlated with state economic growth and prosperity during the 2000-2007 period than other policies related to long-term investments in education and infrastructure, referred to as race-to-the-top policies. No economically beneficial outcomes are found to be associated with race-to-the-bottom policies, including the use of incentives. Instead, some support is found for race-to-the-top policies such as government investment in internet connectivity for enhancing state economies.
"Place-Based Policy and Rural Poverty: Insights from Urban Spatial Mismatch Theory" (with Mark Partridge). Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 1, no. 1 (2008): 131-156.
Finds that rural poverty is positively associated with greater distance from metropolitan areas, particularly from the most populated metropolitan areas. Place-based government policy to stimulate job growth in key remote rural areas is argued as a possible way to reduce poverty in these areas.
"Do We Know Economic Development When We See It?" (with Mark Partridge). The Review of Regional Studies 33, no. 1 (2003): 17-39.
Uses state and local economic growth theory and state data to argue that assessments of regional social well-being require an analysis of a combination of several economic indicators. The use of any single indicator to promote public policies can be misleading and counterproductive.
Media ContributionsRickman's economic forecasts have been cited in local and regional Oklahoma newspapers and publications, as well as in Kiplinger Report, USA Today, and the New York Times. Additionally, The Economist magazine in their “Economics Weekly Papers” blog recognized Rickman's paper “Dwindling Internal U.S. Migration” (with Mark Partridge, M. Rose Olfert and K. Ali) as one of the most interesting world-wide economic research papers of the week in February of 2011.
Talks and Briefings
"2013 Economic Outlook: National, State and Local Forecasts," Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference, Oklahoma City, OK, December 5, 2012.
"Panel Discussion," Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce State of the Economy, Oklahoma City, OK, November 29, 2012.
"2012 Payne County Economic Outlook," Stillwater Economic Summit, Stillwater, OK, March 15, 2012.
"2012 Oklahoma Economic Outlook," Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Conference, Tulsa, OK, December 16, 2011.
"2012 Oklahoma Economic Outlook," Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference, Oklahoma City, OK, December 13, 2011.