John L. Knapp

Contact Information
(434) 982-5604
Location/delivery address: 

Room: 217
2400 Old Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903-4827

Mailing Address: 

PO Box 400206
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4206

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John is a professor emeritus whose work involves the annual publication, Virginia Local Tax Rates, and he serves as the editor of The Virginia News Letter, a public policy paper series published six or seven times a year by the Cooper Center. His current areas of interest include economic development, regional economics, and state and local government finance. He provides advice and analysis of state conditions to both government and business organizations. 


B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
M.A., Duke University, Durham, NC
Ph.D., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


Economic development
Regional economics
State and local government finance

Major Projects: 

Annual tax rates survey for Virginia localities
Series describing and analyzing Virginia's twenty-one local economies
VaStat, a statistical resource maintained on the web


Research Director, Business and Economics, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia
Deputy Director, Tayloe Murphy Institute, University of Virginia
Deputy Director, Virginia Division of State Planning and Community Affairs
Economist, Virginia Division of Industrial Development and Planning
Assistant Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Private Consultant
Former member, Governor's Advisory Board of Economists