Program Leader

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 an economic consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Faculty Research Affiliate, City-Region Studies Centre, University of Alberta; Adjunct Professor Jinan University, Guangzhou China and Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy; and Affiliate for the Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto. Prior, he was the Canada Research Chair in the New Rural Economy at the University of Saskatchewan. Professor Partridge has published over 125 academic journal 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, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, and Review of Economics and Statistics. He co-authored the book The Geography of American Poverty: Is there a Role for Place-Based Policy? 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. NSF, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, USDA AFRI, and World Bank.

Dr. Partridge’s current research interests include investigating rural-urban interdependence, why regions grow at different rates, and spatial differences in income equality and poverty. He is a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International and winner of the prestigious Boyce Award from the North American Regional Science Council, for which he also served as NARSC Chair. Professor Partridge was President of the Southern Regional Science Association and is an SRSA Fellow. He is Managing Editor of the Journal of Regional Science and Co-editor of the Springer Briefs in Regional Science. He is also on the editorial boards of Annals of Regional Science, Growth and Change, Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, Papers in Regional Science, Review of Regional Studies, and Region et Developpement. Dr. Partridge has consulted with OECD, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and various governments in the U.S. and Canada, as well as with 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.

Recent Citations: Work cited by one of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Goetz, Stephen, Mark Partridge, and Heather Stephens (2017). “The Economic Status of Rural America in the Trump Era,” MPRA Paper 77830. Munich: Munich Personal RePEc Archive, March,

Curriculum Vitae

Short Biography

Long Biography