Professor of Rural-Urban Policy, The Ohio State University

Mark Partridge is the C. William Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy at The Ohio State University and a Professor in the Agricultural, Environment, and Development Economics Department. He is also a Faculty Research Affiliate, City-Region Studies Centre, University of Alberta. Prior to Ohio State, he was the Canada Research Chair in the New Rural Economy at the University of Saskatchewan, where he is an Adjunct Professor. Professor Partridge has published over 100 academic and scholarly papers and his work has been ranked among the top-1000 economists in the world. He has published in many journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics. He co-authored the book The Geography of American Poverty: Is there a Role for Place-Based Policy?, published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute. Professor Partridge has received research funding from many sources including the Appalachian Regional Commission, Brookings Institution, European Commission, Infrastructure Canada, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Social Science and the Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Partridge’s current research interests include investigating rural-urban interdependence, why some communities grow faster than others, and innovations in regional policy and governance. Professor Partridge served as President of the Southern Regional Science Association. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Regional Science and is on the Executive Council of the Regional Science Association International. He is also on the editorial boards of Annals of Regional Science, Growth and Change, The Review of Regional Studies, and Region et Developpement. Dr. Partridge has consulted with OECD, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, various governments in the U.S. and Canada, and he is currently working a project for the European Commission. He has presented to the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament on regional issues. Professor Partridge received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois.


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    Professor of Rural-Urban Policy, Ohio State University