Jim Landers teaches public budgeting and finance and has research interests in state and local taxation and state and local economic development programs and policy. He teaches graduate and undergraduate budgeting and finance courses.

Professor Landers received his PhD from the School of Public Policy and Management at The Ohio State University and has an MPA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a BA from the University of Kentucky.

He recently retired as director of the Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis (OFMA) of the Indiana Legislative Services Agency where he led a team of fiscal analysts and economists who conduct fiscal and economic research and prepare fiscal impact statements on proposed legislation for the Indiana General Assembly. Prior to serving as the fiscal director he was senior fiscal analyst and his primary research areas included individual income tax, corporate income tax, gaming taxes, state lottery and economic development programs. He also assisted with Indiana’s state revenue forecast.

Prior to his work in Indiana, Professor Landers served as a researcher and legislative drafter for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission and as a research analyst for the Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research.

His other professional activities have included adjunct teaching roles with the Glenn College most recently and for the School of Professional Studies at Northwestern University and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. He is also a past president and executive committee member for the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices and has participated in staff and legislative training activities with the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Areas of research

  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Local and State Government Policy
  • Economic Policy



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