Dr. Matkin has served in a number of practitioner positions before completing his Ph.D. He worked as an immigration officer at the Canadian border, trained and helped implement TANF and workforce policies in Utah, and served as the Assistant Ethics Administrator for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas.
Dr. Matkin's research examines multiple areas of public financial management, including: internal control and accountability, debt financing, budget reform, interlocal cooperation, and economic development through state tax credits.
Dr. Matkin received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. His dissertation examined the management of state corporate income tax incentives, and Dr. George Frederickson was his major professor. Dr. Matkin has an MPA from the Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University.
"Doing it Right: Recognizing best practices in Florida's municipal pensions" Technical Report published by the LeRoy Collins Institute; August 2013.
"Recognizing and Responding to Retirement Obligations: Other Post-Employment Benefits in Florida Cities and Counties" (2013) in The American Review of Public Administration, 43(5), 558-580, with Alex Krivosheyev.
"Why Public Resource Management Matters" (2011) in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 21(special issue), i113-i124, with Sharon Kioko, Justin Marlowe, Michael Moody, Dan Smith and Zhirong Jerry Zhao.
"Before there was Enron, there was Orange County: A Study of Local Government Financial Accountability" (2010) in Public Budgeting and Finance, 30(3), 27-50.
"Designing Accountable and Effective Economic Development Tax Incentives: A Study of Corporate Tax Credits in Kansas" (2010) in Public Performance & Management Review, 34(2), 166-188.
"Metropolitan Governance: Institutional Roles and Interjurisdictional Cooperation" (2009) in the Journal of Urban Affairs, 31(1): 45-66, with H. George Frederickson.