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Christopher Schmidt
Project Manager, E. J. Ourso College of Business, LSU

Chris Schmidt is a Project Manager in the E.J. Ourso College of Business’ Division of Economic Development at Louisiana State University.

Chris is currently leading LSU’s efforts to study the Louisiana and Mississippi green economies as part of a consortium consisting of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Mississippi Department of Employment Security, and Mississippi State University.

Since joining LSU in 2008, Chris has led a variety of economic research projects including Louisiana’s Job Vacancy Survey as well as various economic impact studies for state agencies and private organizations.

Prior to joining LSU, he held internships at the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber where he conducted labor market analysis and policy research.

Chris holds a B.A. in Economics from Louisiana State University.

Current Topic


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

Should the focus be on job creation or tax relief?

Recent Topics


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?

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