Rickman does research on the role of public policy in state and local economic development and growth. A common theme of his research is demonstrating the link between various policies and general social well-being. Another area of his research is improving economic modeling for policy analysis and forecasting. He also regularly publishes and presents forecasts of the Oklahoma economy.
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Examines whether policies related to the race-to-the-bottom in government spending, taxation and regulation were more correlated with state economic growth and prosperity during the 2000-2007 period than other policies related to long-term investments in education and infrastructure, referred to as race-to-the-top policies. No economically beneficial outcomes are found to be associated with race-to-the-bottom policies, including the use of incentives. Instead, some support is found for race-to-the-top policies such as government investment in internet connectivity for enhancing state economies.
Finds that rural poverty is positively associated with greater distance from metropolitan areas, particularly from the most populated metropolitan areas. Place-based government policy to stimulate job growth in key remote rural areas is argued as a possible way to reduce poverty in these areas.