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Larry DeBoer

Agricultural Economics 

  • Professor of Agricultural Economics
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Larry DeBoer is a professor and extension specialist in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University.  DeBoer joined the Purdue faculty in 1984.  He studies state and local government public policy, including such topics as government budget and taxing options, issues of property tax assessment, local government revenue options, and the fiscal impact of economic development. He has worked with the Indiana Legislative Services Agency on tax and finance issues since 1988.  He contributes to the annual state revenue forecasts. He helps maintain a model of the property tax used by the Indiana state legislature to analyze the impacts of assessment and tax policy changes. 

DeBoer directed a study on market value property tax assessment for the Indiana State Board of Tax Commissioners during 1995-97. He directed the staff work for Governor O’Bannon’s Citizen’s Commission on Taxation, 1997-98, and contributed research to Governor Daniels’ Commission on Local Government Reform in 2007.  He writes a monthly column about Indiana and national economic topics, Capital Comments, and maintains a website devoted to Indiana state and local government issues.  DeBoer writes the macroeconomic outlook section of the Agricultural Economics Department's annual outlook program. He teaches an undergraduate course in macroeconomics with an enrollment of 250 to 350 each semester, and has authored a macroeconomics textbook, called MacroPolicy.  DeBoer was the 2009 recipient of Purdue’s Hovde Award for service to the rural people of Indiana, and the 2010 recipient of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendent’s Distinguished Service Award.

Larry DeBoer earned his undergraduate degree at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 1978, and his Ph.D. at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York in 1983.  He taught economics at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana from 1982 to 1984, before joining Purdue's staff in September 1984. 

Awards & Honors

(2014) Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher. Purdue College of Agriculture.

(2010) Distinguished Service Award. Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.

(2009) Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society Faculty Award. Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma.

(2009) Hovde Award for Service to Rural Indiana. Indiana Farm Bureau.

(2004) Outstanding Teacher Award, 2003-2004. Department of Agricultural Economics, School of Agriculture.

(2002) Agriculture Team Award. Purdue School of Agriculture.

(2002) Eric G. Sharvelle Distinguished Extension Specialist Award. Purdue School of Agriculture.

(2002) Outstanding Teacher Award, 2001-2002. Department of Agricultural Economics, School of Agriculture.

(2001) Outstanding Teacher Award, 2000-2001. Department of Agricultural Economics, School of Agriculture.

(2000) Outstanding Teacher Award, 1999-2000. Department of Agricultural Economics, School of Agriculture.

Selected Publications

DeBoer, L. (2014). Capital Comments: monthly column about Indiana public policy and the economy. 1. Retrieved from

DeBoer, L. (2014). Farmland Taxes: The Coming Dilemma of Higher Taxes and Lower Crop Incomes. (PAER August 2014), 4. Retrieved from

DeBoer, L., & Ogle, T. (2014). Purdue Extension Local Government: 7 videos about Indiana property taxes. Retrieved from

DeBoer, L. (2014). The Economy Picks Up in 2015. (PAER Dec 2014), 1. Retrieved from

Stafford, J., & DeBoer, L. (2014). The Personal Property Tax in Indiana: Its Reduction or Elimination is No Simple Task. (14-Feb), 36. Retrieved from

DeboerJr, L. (2012). Why Farm Land Assessments Will Continue to Rise, Purdue Agricultural Economics Report. (12-Apr), 9-Jan. Retrieved from

Capital Comments. (2011). (12 monthly), 700 words each. Retrieved from

Indiana Restructures Its State Budget, Purdue Agricultural Economics Report. (2011). (11-Jun), 17-Dec. Retrieved from

U.S. Economy: Are Opportunities Greater Than Threats?, Purdue Agricultural Economics Report. (2011). (11-Oct), 2-Jan. Retrieved from

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