James Richardson

James A. Richardson

Harris J. and Marie P. Chustz Endowed Professorship
Professor, Department of Public Administration
Professor, Department of Economics
3055 Business Education Complex East
501 South Quad Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-6745
Fax: 225-578-9078

Biographical Summary

JAMES A. RICHARDSON is John Rhea Alumni Professor of Economics and Director of the Public Administration Institute in the E. J. Ourso College of Business Administration at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Richardson has also served as Chairman of the Department of Economics, Acting Dean of the College of Business Administration, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Richardson has served from 1987 through the present as the private economist on the Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference, the panel with the constitutional authority and responsibility to provide official revenue estimates for the state. This Conference includes the Governor of the State, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Dr. Richardson also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Affairs Research Council and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Council for A Better Louisiana.

He organized and supervised a major tax study for the state of Louisiana which resulted in Louisiana Fiscal Alternatives: Finding Permanent Solutions to Recurring Budget Crises, published by the LSU Press in 1988. Dr. Richardson has co-edited a major book, Handbook on Taxation, which was published by Marcel Dekker in January 1999. Dr. Richardson also served on the Louisiana Law Institute s Tax Study Commission, a group that was formed in response to Senate Concurrent Resolution 88, passed in 1999.

Dr. Richardson served as fiscal advisor to the Governor of Louisiana from 1988 through 1991. He contributed to the comprehensive tax study for the state of Kansas in 1995. He served as an advisor to the state of Alabama s Department of Revenue in 1996. He has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Education Finance and the Texas Business Review. His work has been published in numerous journals such as the National Tax Association Proceedings, State and Local Government, Public Finance Quarterly, Growth and Change, Natural Resources Journal, Journal of Energy and Development, and Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Dr. Richardson also participates in the preparation of the Louisiana Economic Outlook, a two-year forecast of the Louisiana Economy published by the E. J. Ourso College of Business Administration at Louisiana State University. The Louisiana Economic Outlook has been published, and Dr. Richardson has participated in the publication, since 1983.

Dr. Richardson also completed a study for the Louisiana Hospital Association, an analysis of tax incentives for Louisiana businesses, an analysis of starting up independent school districts in Baker and Zachary, Louisiana, and an evaluation of the development of deepwater facilities for ports in St. Mary Parish and Iberia Parish. He has also conducted numerous economic impact studies for various industries in the state, as well as for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development.

Dr. Richardson received his bachelors of art degree in economics from St. Mary s University of San Antonio, Texas and his Master s degree in economics and the doctorate in economics from The University of Michigan. Dr. Richardson specializes in regional forecasting, state and local tax policy, economic valuation, and energy economics.


  • PhD Economics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1971
  • BA Economics, St. Mary's University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, 1966
  • MA Economics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1970

Awards & Honors

  • S Kenneth Howard Award, Association of Budgeting and Financial Management


  • Teaching Interests: Public Finance, Economics of Taxation, Economic Analysis, Public Administration Colloquium
  • Research Interests: Regional Economics, Energy Economics, State and Local Taxation, Forecasting, Public Policy


  • Heidelberg, R. Lester and Richardson, J. A. (2012). Using Simulation as a Scenario Builder for Decision Making: A Case Study of the Nurse Family Partnership Program in Louisiana In Anand Desai (Ed.), Simulation for Policy Inquiry

Professional and Service Activities

  • Assurance of Learning Committee, Committee Member (August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2014)
  • Graduate Programs Committee, Committee Member (August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2014)
  • Graduate Programs Committee, Committee Member (August 1, 2012 - July 31, 2013)
  • Assurance of Learning Committee, Committee Member (August 1, 2012 - July 31, 2013)

Media Contributions

  • Internet; The Hill; 2017

Employed by LSU since

September 1, 1970