C. Luke Watson

Financial Economist

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation


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I am a Financial Economist at the Center for Financial Research at the FDIC. My primary fields of interest are Public Economics, Urban Economics, and Industrial Organization. I am interested in tax incidence, housing markets, and local economic performance.

I earned my PhD in Economics from Michigan State University and my BA and MA in Economics from Old Dominion University. Since Fall 2018, I have Special Sworn Status for Census RDC research projects.


  • Public Economics
  • Urban Economics
  • Industrial Organization


  • PhD in Economics, 2021

    Michigan State University

  • MA in Economics, 2015

    Old Dominion University

  • BA in Economics, 2013

    Old Dominion University


John D. ‘Jay’ Wilson (Chair) Leslie Papke Oren Ziv
Professor Professor Assistant Professor
Michigan State University Michigan State University Michigan State University
wilsonjd@msu.edu papke@msu.edu orenziv@msu.edu