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Larry DeBoer

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.

Prof. DeBoer worked with the Indiana Legislative Services Agency on tax and finance issues from 1988 to 2014, and continues to contribute to LSA’s annual property tax analysis.  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, called Capital Comments, and posts on Twitter under @INTaxRockStars.  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.

Prof. DeBoer writes the macroeconomic outlook section of the Agricultural Economics Department's annual outlook effort. He teaches an undergraduate course in macroeconomics with an enrollment of 200 to 400 each semester, and has authored a macroeconomics textbook.  In 2013 he was named to Purdue’s “Book of Great Teachers,” and in 2015 he received the Murphy Award, Purdue’s highest award for undergraduate teaching.

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.  He was born in New York City, and is married to the former Melody McCowan, of Redkey, Indiana.  They have a 25 year old son, Will, and a 22 year old daughter, Caroline.

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 https://ag.purdue.edu/agcomm/Pages/NewsCCarchive.aspx

DeBoer, L. (2014). Farmland Taxes: The Coming Dilemma of Higher Taxes and Lower Crop Incomes. (PAER August 2014), 4. Retrieved from https://ag.purdue.edu/agecon/Documents/PAER_August%202014.pdf

DeBoer, L., & Ogle, T. (2014). Purdue Extension Local Government: 7 videos about Indiana property taxes. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtXSf1tu3Jd9TQq-eOhmtHTNASVf0Z4zj

DeBoer, L. (2014). The Economy Picks Up in 2015. (PAER Dec 2014), 1. Retrieved from https://ag.purdue.edu/agecon/Documents/PAER%20Dec.%202014.pdf

Stafford, J., & DeBoer, L. (2014). The Personal Property Tax in Indiana: Its Reduction or Elimination is No Simple Task. (14-Feb), 36. Retrieved from http://www.indianafiscal.org/resources/Documents/REPORT_The%20Personal%20Property%20Tax%20%20in%20Indiana_Indiana%20Fiscal%20Policy%20Institute_020614.pdf

DeboerJr, L. (2012). Why Farm Land Assessments Will Continue to Rise, Purdue Agricultural Economics Report. (12-Apr), 9-Jan. Retrieved from http://www.agecon.purdue.edu/extension/pubs/paer/pdf/PAER4_2012.pdf

Capital Comments. (2011). (12 monthly), 700 words each. Retrieved from http://www.ag.purdue.edu/agcomm/Pages/NewsCCarchive.aspx

Indiana Restructures Its State Budget, Purdue Agricultural Economics Report. (2011). (11-Jun), 17-Dec. Retrieved from http://www.agecon.purdue.edu/extension/pubs/paer/pdf/PAER6_2011.pdf

U.S. Economy: Are Opportunities Greater Than Threats?, Purdue Agricultural Economics Report. (2011). (11-Oct), 2-Jan. Retrieved from http://www.agecon.purdue.edu/extension/pubs/paer/pdf/PAER10_2011.pdf

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