Bio for Rob Wassmer

Rob Wassmer is a professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State). He also directs the Sacramento State Master's Program in Urban Land Development. Rob teaches courses in applied microeconomics and public policy, urban economics and public policy, benefit/cost analysis, regression analysis, and state and local public finance. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan (1983); a Master of Arts in Applied Economics from Binghamton University in New York (1985); and a Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University (1989). Before moving to Sacramento in 1995, he worked summers at the State of Michigan's Departments of Commerce and Treasury, was a visiting lecturer in economics at Eastern Michigan University, and held the position of assistant professor in economics and research associate with the College of Urban, Labor, and Metropolitan Affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit. Between 2000 and 2002, Rob served as a visiting consultant to the California Senate Office of Research. In 2001 he received the Sacramento State President's Award for Research and Creative Activity. Professor Wassmer was also the (1997-2001) coordinator of the system-wide California State University Faculty Research Fellows Program that is managed by the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State. In 2011 Dr. Wassmer was awarded the Sacrament State, university wide, Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award.

His research on topics relating to state/local public finance and urban economic development has appeared in the Economics of Education Review, Government and Policy, Land Economics, Urban Studies, Public Finance Review, Public Choice, Public Budgeting and Finance, Regional Science and Urban Economics, National Tax Journal, Journal of Housing Economics, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Journal of Urban Economics. Professor Wassmer has a book (co-authored with John Anderson), Bidding for Business: The Efficacy of Local Economic Development Incentives (2000) published by the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. He also has produced an edited collection of previously published articles on Readings in Urban Economics: Issues and Public Policy (2000) published by Blackwell. Recently he has placed chapters in books produced by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Urban Institute, and the Brookings Institution. Rob has offered his advice to groups like the Urban Land Institute, Community Services Planning Council, National Education Association, City of Los Angeles on Business Tax Reform, California Futures Network, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento American Lung Association, Senator Darryl Steinberg, California Department of Conservation, and various California Legislative Committees. His current major research project is on the causes and consequences of urban sprawl in the United States. Dr. Wassmer has published numerous policy opinions in the Sacramento Bee.  In 2013 he accepted an invitation to serve as an Associate Editor of the academic journal Economic Development Quarterly.


Return to Home Page