John Deskins

John Deskins, Ph.D.

Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement
Director of the Bureau for Business and Economic Research
Associate Professor of Economics


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Tennessee
  • M.A., Economics, University of Tennessee
  • B.A. and B.S., Economics and Management, Emory & Henry College

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Area of Expertise

John Deskins serves as Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research and Associate Professor of Economics at West Virginia University.  He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 2005 from the University of Tennessee.  Deskins’ research has focused on U.S. state economic development, small business economics, and government tax and expenditure policy, primarily at the U.S. state level.  Recent research topics have examined the relationship between state tax policy and entrepreneurial activity, the role of education spending in state economic growth, the extent to which tax planning activity has eroded state tax bases, and the degree to which small businesses can enhance state economic growth.  His work has appeared in outlets such as Public Finance Review, Economic Development Quarterly, Small Business Economics, Public Budgeting and Finance, Regional Studies, Annals of Regional Science, Tax Notes, and State Tax Notes. His work has also appeared in the books Taxing Corporate Income in the 21st Century, published by Cambridge University Press, and What Role for Property Taxes?, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.