Economic Development Policy Concentration
The economic development concentration at Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy offers students the opportunity to study the conceptual foundations of the field, learn key analytical techniques, and apply this knowledge to practical economic development issues in local, regional, national, and international contexts.
While significant attention is given to the central role of technology in influencing and stimulating the processes of economic development, the need to produce economic development strategies linked to broader social and political concerns such as sustainability, equity, and efficiency is also recognized.
Students in the economic development policy concentration address such issues as:
- How to improve employment and the quality of jobs in a community
- How to revitalize an area hit by industrial decline
- What to do to support new business creation and technology startup ventures
- How to upgrade regional labor markets, and
- How to understand the development of regional innovation systems
- How to organize urban and regional governance (regionalism)
- How to construct institutions to govern the development of new markets (ex. carbon)
While economic development is concerned with the promotion of jobs, businesses, and community and regional growth, it is also inescapably bound up with issues of equity, access, distribution, and the quality of life for individuals, communities, regions, and nations.
Moreover, the context for economic development is ever changing, with shifts in economic structures, rapid technological development, increased economic globalization, greater environmental concerns, and ongoing debate about the role and effectiveness of public policy in tackling development issues.
Students in the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy can pursue concentrations in economic development policy in the Masters of Science in Public Policy (MSPP), the dual degree MS in Public Policy and MCRP in City Planning Program and the Georgia Tech Ph.D. in Public Policy, and the Joint Ph.D. (Georgia Tech-Georgia State University) in Public Policy.
Selected economic 4000/6000 economic development may also be pursued by in the B.S. and B.S./M.S. in Public Policy. Students may combine interests in economic development with those in the School's other areas of concentration (e.g. science and technology policy, information policy, social and urban policy, and environmental policy) to customize their programs.
* Names are listed in alphabetical order
Faculty associated with economic development at Georgia Tech:
- Dr. Paul Baer, School of Public Policy
- Dr. Dan Breznitz, INTA
- Dr. Shiri Breznitz, School of Public Policy
- Dr. Jennifer Clark, School of Public Policy
- Dr. Nancey Green Leigh, City and Regional Planning
- Dr. Barbara Lynch, INTA and City and Regional Planning
- Dr. Dan Immergluck, City and Regional Planning
- Dr. Gordon Kingsley, School of Public Policy
- Dr. Janelle Knox-Hayes, School of Public Policy
- Dr. Julia Melkers, School of Public Policy
- Dr. Philip Shapira, School of Public Policy
The economic development and urban and regional policy concentrations may be pursued at the MS and PhD levels.
Two core courses in the graduate economic development concentration and two courses in the urban and regional policy concentration are offered. These courses are taught collaboratively with Georgia Tech's City Planning Program.
Economic Development Specialization Sequence (Graduate)
- PUBP 6600/CP 6412: Local Economic Development Planning and Policy (Leigh)
- PUBP 6602/CP 6422: Economic Development Analysis and Practice (Clark)
Urban and Regional Policy Specialization Sequence (Graduate)
- PUBP 6604: Methods of Regional and Urban Policy Analysis and Planning (Clark)
- PUBP 6606/CP 6452: Urban Development Policy
Additional Graduate Electives Regularly Offered in Economic Development and its sub-fields: Community Development, Technology-led Development, International Development, Sustainable Development, and/or Urban and Regional Policy and Planning.
- PUBP 6741 Geographies of Innovation: Development, Regions, and Labor Markets (Clark)
- PUBP 6415: Regions, Technology, and Policy (S. Breznitz)
- PUBP 8803: Special Topics (Knox-Hayes)
- PUBP 8550: Advanced Topics in Urban and Regional Economic Development (PhD Capstone Seminar) (Shapira/Clark)
- CP 6432: Industrial Restructuring and Its Planning Implications (Leigh)
- CP 6442: Equity, Social Justice, and Economic Development (Etienne)
- CP 6612/PUBP 8803-HE: Community Development (Etienne)
- CP 6233: Sustainable Urban Development (Ross)
- INTA 6740/PUBP 6740: Innovation and the State (D. Breznitz)
- INTA 6304 : Modernization and Development (Lynch)
- INTA 8803-BL1/CP 8883-BL: Special Topics: Urban Transformations in the Global South (Lynch)
Undergraduate Courses in Economic Development
- PUBP 4260: Economic Development Policy & Planning (S. Breznitz)