Associate Professor


  • Website:
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Regional
    • Urban
  • Department:

    • Economics and Regional Economic Development Institute
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. Michigan State University


I am an applied economist that focuses on urban, rural and regional economics with appointments in the Department of Economics and the Office of Engagement and Extension. I am interested in a wide range of research topics from the local effects of fiscal austerity to place-based policies and local public finance. Furthermore, I'm interested in the intersection of the environment and economic development. My work has been cited in Bloomberg, Chicago Policy Review and the 2019 Council of Economic Advisor's Economic Report of the President.

Before joining the CSU faculty, I was an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Old Dominion University and a fellow in the Dragas Center for Economic Analysis and Policy.

On a personal front, I love spending time outside with my family and running in the mountains.


Selected recent publications (see Website for a full list):

D’lima W., Komarek, T.M. and Lopez, L. (Forthcoming) Risk Perception in Housing Markets: Evidence from a Fighter Jet Crash Risk. Real Estate Economics Komarek, T.M. and Wagner, G.A. (Forthcoming)

How Much Does Municipal Government Structure Effect Innovation and Knowledge Diffusion? Evidence from U.S. Metro Areas. Economics of Governance Komarek, T.M., Butts, and Wagner, G.A. (Forthcoming)

Government Contracting, Labor Intensity, and the Local Effects of Fiscal Consolidation: Evidence from the Budget Control Act of 2011. Journal of Urban Economics

Komarek, T.M. and Walker, J.K. (2022) Does Starting School Before Labor Day Affect High School Retention and Graduation: Evidence from Virginia’s Kings Dominion Law. Applied Economics Letters, 29(6), 520-525.

Komarek, T.M. and Wagner, G.A. (2021) Local Fiscal Adjustments from Depopulation: Evidence from the Post-Cold War Defense Contraction. National Tax Journal, 73(1), 9-43.

Komarek, T.M. and Wagner, G.A. (2020) The Distributional Effects of Job Loss From Fiscal Consolidation: Evidence from The Budget Control Act of 2011. Economic Letters, 196(11)

Komarek, T.M. (2020) State-Level Austerity, Education and the Urban Labor Market: Evidence from fiscal policy experiments in Kansas and Wisconsin. Growth and Change, 51(2), 556-583.

Komarek, T.M. and Filer, L. (2020) Waiting after the storm: The effect of flooding on time on the housing market in coastal Virginia. Applied Economics Letters 27(4), 298-301. DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2019.1616047

Komarek, T.M. (2018). Crime and natural resource booms: Evidence from unconventional natural gas production. The Annals of Regional Science, 61(1), 113-137. DOI: 10.1007/s00168-018-0861-

Komarek, T.M. and Cseh, A. (2017). Fracking and public health: Evidence from gonorrhea incidence in the Marcellus Shale region. Journal of Public Health Policy, 38(4), 464-481. DOI: 10.1057/s41271- 017-0089-5

Wagner, G.A., Komarek, T.M., and Martin, J.* (2017). Is the light rail “Tide” lifting property values? Evidence from Hampton Roads, VA. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 65, 25-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2017.03.008

Komarek, T.M. (2016). Labor market dynamics and the unconventional natural gas boom: Evidence from the Marcellus region. Resource and Energy Economics, 45, 1-17. DOI: 10.1016/j.reseneeco.2016- .03.004

Hodge, T.R. and Komarek, T.M. (2016). Capitalizing on neighborhood enterprise zones: Are Detroit residents paying for the NEZ homestead exemption? Regional Science and Urban Economics, 61, 18-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2016.09.001

Loveridge, S. and Komarek, T. M. (2016). Individual discount rates forecast county-level unemployment change. Applied Economics Letters, 23(18), 1301-1304. DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2016.1153781

Paredes, D., Komarek, T.M., and Loveridge, S. (2015). Income and employment effects of shale gas extraction windfalls: Evidence from the Marcellus region. Energy Economics, 47, 112-120. DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2014.09.025

Komarek, T.M., and Loveridge, S. (2015). Firm sizes and economic development: Estimating longterm effects on US county growth, 1990-2000. Journal of Regional Science, 55(2), 262-279. DOI: 10.1111/jors.12159

Komarek, T.M., and Loveridge, S. (2014). Too big? Too small? Just right? An empirical perspective on local firm size distribution and economic growth in US counties and high-poverty rural regions. Economic Development Quarterly, 28(1), 28-41. DOI: 10.1177/0891242413506735