- Ph.D. in economics, University of Illinois - Urbana, 1969
- MA in economics, University of Illinois - Urbana, 1965
- B.A. in economics (cum laude), Wabash College, 1964
- Public Budgeting and Finance
- Seminar in Revenue Theory and Administration
John L. Mikesell is an expert in governmental finance, specializing in sales and property tax policy and administration and public budgeting systems. He is author of Fiscal Administration, Analysis and Applications for the Public Sector, the standard public finance and budgeting textbook in graduate public affairs program, now in its tenth edition. Mikesell's work on government finance and taxation has appeared in journals such as Public Budgeting & Finance, Public Finance Quarterly, National Tax Journal, Public Administration Review, and Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management.
Mikesell has extensive international experience as a financial consultant and fiscal economist. He has worked with World Bank public budget system reform missions in the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan. He has also worked on USAID intergovernmental fiscal restructuring projects in Ukraine and the Russian Federation, and assisted the People's Republic of China in developing a property tax. Since the 1970s, Mikesell has served on the Revenue Forecast Technical Committee as it produced the Indiana revenue forecast for the state budget. He has worked on state tax revision studies in Indiana, Minnesota, New York, and Hawaii.
Mikesell has received the Wildavsky Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in Public Budgeting and Finance from the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, the Steven D. Gold Award from the National Tax Association, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the National Conference of State Legislatures for Outstanding Contributions to State and Local Fiscal Policy, and the Tax Foundation Award for Achievement in State Tax Reform.