FALL 2015:
Note: Prof. David Bieri taught this course from 2012-2014; I will again teach this course in Fall 2015. I will post the updated syllabus in summer 2015. Feel free to email me with any questions about the course. The course has no formal prerequisites (though some knowledge of basic economics, local policy, community development, industrial organization or policy evaluation would be useful). This course complements UP538: Economic Development Planning (taught in the winter semester). UP538 is not a prerequisite for UP539. Students from other programs (such as architecture, public policy, business, social work, SNRE, etc.) are encouraged to participate.


Urban Planning 539:
Methods of Economic Development Planning

College of Architecture + Urban Planning
University Of Michigan, Winter 2011
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM (2108 A&AB)
class listserv: up539w11@ctools.umich.edu

course overview
terms / concepts
links to data resources

online readings:

Prof. Scott Campbell
office:  2225C A&AB
(734) 763-2077
Office hours
modified: Saturday, February 21, 2015
quick links
Jan 6-13
Jan 18-27
Feb 1- 22
Feb 24-Mar 15
Mar 17-Apr 12
Apr 14-19


The semester consists of six sections: each one is built around a theme (overview, places, sectors, people, programs, conclusions). Each section concludes with a session where students present their assignment results and discuss strategies and methods used to understand local and regional economies.

SYLLABUS • readings available via ctools (except where noted).

History, Concepts and Politics of Local & Regional Economic Development

Jan 6: Course Introduction

[introductions of instructor and students; format and themes of course; short lecture on flexible economic development planning; introduction of Assignment 1 and picking groups and case studies]


Jan 11: History, Concepts and Politics I

Glaeser, Edward L. "Why Economists Still Like Cities." City Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1996, pp. 70-77.

Flammang, R. A. 1979. “Economic growth and economic development: Counterparts or competitors?” Economic Development and Cultural Change 28, 47-62

Krugman, Paul. "Localization," in Geography and Trade. Cambridge, Mass. MIT Press, 1991, pp. 35-67.

Blakely, Edward James, and Nancey Green Leigh. 2010. Planning local economic development: theory and practice. 4th ed. Los Angeles: Sage. [Chapters 1,3] [ctools eText]


Jan 13: History, Concepts and Politics II

Wolman, Harold, and David Spitzley. "The Politics of Local Economic Development." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 2, May 1996, pp. 115-150.

Fitzgerald, Joan and Nancey Green Leigh. 2002. “Introduction” and “Redefining the Field of Local Economic Development.” In Economic Revitalization: Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb. London: Sage Publications.

Mier, Robert. Metaphors of Economic Development, in Bingham, Richard D., and Robert Mier, eds. 1993. Theories of Local Economic Development. Newbury Park: Sage. (Chapter 14, pp. 284-304).

in-class exercise: local vs. national economies: structure and power [hand-out to be provided]



Jan 18: Place Marketing, City Branding: Strategies to Reconstruct a New Image for a City and Attract Residents, Businesses and Tourists

Judd, Dennis. "Promoting Tourism in US Cities." Tourism Management, Vol. 16, No. 3, 1995, pp. 175-187.

Ward, Stephen V. 1998. Marketing Re-invested Cities (Ch. 9), in Selling Places: The Marketing and Promotion of Towns and Cities, 1850-2000. Routledge. [see also the "Introduction" via books.google.com]

see also:

Sandercock, Leonie and Kim Dovey. 2002. Pleasure, politics, and the "public interest": Melbourne's riverscape revitalization. Journal of the American Planning Association. Spring 2002; 68, pp 151-64.

Hospers, Gert-Jan. 2010. 'Lynch's The Image of the City after 50 Years: City Marketing Lessons from an Urban Planning Classic', European Planning Studies, 18: 12, 2073 — 2081.

Bickford-Smith, Vivian. 2009. Creating a City of the Tourist Imagination: The Case of Cape Town, `The Fairest Cape of Them All' Urban Studies 46: 1763

-> examples of place marketing (sent in by students)


Jan 20: Sustainable Development & Regional Resilience

Power, Thomas Michael. Lost Landscapes and Failed Economies: The Search for a Value of Place. Washington, D.C., Covelo, CA Island Press, 1996
     • Ch. 1: "Thinking About the Local Economy" (pp. 7-28) and
     • Ch. 3. "Demystifying Local Economic Change" (57-88)

Nancey Green Leigh and Lynn M. Patterson, 2006. "Deconstructing to redevelop: a sustainable alternative to mechanical demolition," Journal of the American Planning Association 72.2 (Spring): pp. 217-25.

Foster, Kathryn A. "Snapping back: what makes regions resilient?." National Civic Review, Vol. 96, No. 3, Fall 2007, pp. 27-29.

see also:
Campbell, S. 1996. “Green Cities, Growth Cities, Just Cities? Urban Planning and the Contradictions of Sustainable Development.” Journal of the American Planning Association. Vol. 62. No. 3. Pp. 296-312.

John C. V. Pezzey, Michael A. Toman, "Making Sense of Sustainability" Resources for the Future Issue Brief 02-25 | August 2002 [link]

Blackman, Allen, "The Economics of Technology Diffusion: Implications for Sustainable Development" Resources for the Future Issue Brief 02-24 | August 2002 [link]


Jan 25: Cases, Places and Inner City Poverty

Orum, Anthony and Joe Feagin. “A Tale of Two Cases” in Feagin et. al., eds. A Case for the Case Study (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991) Ch.3.

Putnam, Robert D. "The Prosperous Community: Social Capital and Public Life." The American Prospect, Vol. 4, No. 13, March 21, 1993, pp. 35-42.

Porter, Michael. "New Strategies for Inner-City Economic Development." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 11, No. 1, February 1997, pp. 11-27.

Harrison, Bennett and Amy K. Glasmeier "Response: Why Business Alone Won't Redevelop the Inner City: A Friendly Critique of Michael Porter's Approach to Urban Revitalization." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 11, No. 1, February 1997, pp. 28-38.

Blair, John P., and Michael C. Carroll. 2007. Inner-city neighborhoods and metropolitan development. Economic Development Quarterly 21 (3):263-277.

see also:
Sen, Amartya Kumar. 1999. Development as freedom. 1st. ed. New York: Knopf. (Ch. 2).

Ong, Paul, and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, eds. 2006. Jobs and Economic Development in Minority Communities. Philadelphia, PA, USA: Temple University Press. [ebrary]


Jan 27: Student Presentations

Assignment 1: Place Analysis / Case Study Selection


SECTORS: Approaching Economic Development through INDUSTRIES (as a unit of analysis and policy)

Feb 1: Introduction to Sectoral Analysis, Location Theory + Data Sources

Chinitz, Benjamin. "Contrasts in Agglomeration: New York and Pittsburgh," in Readings in Urban Economics, edited by Matthew Edel and Jerome Rothenberg. New York: Macmillan Company, 1972, pp. 90-104.

Markusen, Ann. 1994. Studying Regions by Studying Firms. The Professional Geographer 46 (4):477-490.

Sayer, Andrew and Kevin Morgan "A modern industry in a declining region: links between method, theory and policy" in The Politics of Method (London: Methuen, 1984) Ch 6

-> familiarize yourself with the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). see this US Census overview, a useful FAQ and a set of issue papers. see also the Economic Census, including "Understanding the 2002 Economic Census" and the "2007 Economic Census: User Guide"

here is an overview of US census data and geography (via my UP504 course page)

see also:
Blakely, Edward James, and Nancey Green Leigh. 2010. Planning local economic development: theory and practice. 4th ed. Los Angeles: Sage. [Chapter 6] [ctools eText]

Alonso, William. "Location Theory," in Regional Policy. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1975, pp. 35-63.

Nelson, Arthur C. et. al. “Exurban Industrialization: Implications for Economic Development Policy” Economic Development Quarterly 9, 2 (May 1995)

Carlson, Virginia L. "Identifying Neighborhood Businesses: a Comparison of Business Listings." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 9, No. 1, February 1995, pp. 50-59.

Edgar M. Hoover and Frank Giarratani, An Introduction to Regional Economics (on-line edition)

Cortright, Joseph and Andrew Reamer. 1999. Socioeconomic Data for Understanding Your Regional Economy: A User's Guide. see, e.g., Data sources; Statistics for analyzing your economy; and Seven pitfalls of data analysis. (Chapters 2, 3, 8). [link]


Feb 3: Economic Base, Multipliers, Location Quotients

Tiebout, Charles M. "Exports and Regional Economic Growth." Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 64, No. 2, April 1956, pp. 160-164.

North, Douglass C. "Location Theory and Regional Economic Growth." Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 63, No. 3, June 1955, pp. 243-258.

Davis, H. Craig “Economic Base Analysis” Regional Impact Analysis and Project Evaluation, Chapter 2

Isserman, Andrew M. 2000. Economic base studies for urban and regional planning. Pp. 174-193 In Rodwin and Sanyal, eds. The Profession of City Planning: Changes, Images, and Challenges, 1950-2000. New Brunswick, NJ: Center for Urban Policy Research.

Stevens, Benjamin and Lahr, Michael. 1988. “Regional Economic Multipliers: Definition, Measurement, and Application.” EDQ 2,1: 88-96.

see also:
Edward M. Bergman and Edward J. Feser, Industrial and Regional Clusters: Concepts and Comparative Applications: (section on Location Quotients)
William A. Schaffer, Regional Impact Models. see Chapter 2: Regional Models of Income Determination: Simple Economic-Base Theory (on multipliers and location quotients)

also: here is an Excel file with several useful techniques (including multipliers, LQ, etc.)


Feb 8: Shift-Share and the Analysis of Industrial Mix

Edgar M. Hoover and Frank Giarratani, An Introduction to Regional Economics [a classic text, updated]. see Appendix 12-1 The Shift-Share Analysis of Components of Regional Activity Growth. (The Web Book of Regional Science, Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University).

Günter Krumme's useful web site on shift-share analysis

Using Employment Data to Better Understand Your Local Economy: Tool 4. Shift-Share Analysis Helps Identify Local Growth Engines (College of Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Research and Cooperative Extension, Penn State)

see also:
Loveridge, Scott. "A Practical Approach to Shift-Share Analysis" Journal of Community Development Society (26, 1) 1995, pp. 111-124
"Shift Share Analysis" (NYEcon)
Scranton, Philip "Beyond Anecdotes and Aggregates: The Pattern of Industrial Decline in Philadelphia Textiles, 1916-1931" Antipode 18: 3 (1986)
Kingsley E. Haynes, Mustafa Dinc, Productivity change in manufacturing regions: a multifactor/shift-share approach. Growth and Change, Spring 1997 v28 n2 p201-221.
Banasick, Shawn and Hanham, Robert (2008), Regional Decline of Manufacturing Employment in Japan during an
Era of Prolonged Stagnation, Regional Studies,42:4,489-503.

not yet posted:

Barff, Richard and Prentice L. Knight III. "Dynamic Shift-Share Analysis" Growth and Change. April 1, 1988 [add link]
Hewings, Geoffrey J.D. Regional Input-Output Analysis (Beverly Hills: Sage Publications, 1985) pp. 1-66


Feb 10: High Technology and Innovation I: Silicon Valley and Research Triangle Park (NC)

Saxenian, AnnaLee. The Limits of Autarky: Regional Networks and Industrial Adaptation in Silicon Valley and Route 128. (Prepared for HUD Roundtable on Regionalism sponsored by the Social Science Research Council, Dec 8-9, 1994.) html

Saxenian, AnnaLee. Creating a Twentieth Century Technical Community: Frederick Terman‘s Silicon Valley. Paper prepared for inaugural symposium on The Inventor and the Innovative Society, The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution: November 10-11, 1995. html

Havlick, David and Scott Kirsch. A Production Utopia? RTP and the North Carolina Research Triangle Southeastern Geographer; Nov 2004; 44 (2): 263-277.

web resources:
Silicon Valley History and Internet History
Chronology of the Personal computer (from Fire in the Valley)
Jeff Goodell, "The Venture Capitalist in My Bedroom" New York Times
SiliconValley.com (San Jose Mercury News)
Joint Venture:  Silicon Valley Network
City of San Jose, Office of Economic Development
Business Week:  "It Must be something in the water: Many regions have tried to duplicate the Valley magic. None has succeeded"  (8/25/97)
Stanford Alumni Magazine: the rise of Hewlitt-Packard; Terman's push for more govt funding at Stanford;
Siliconia (a web page devoted to all the Silicon Valley spin-offs around the world)

Feb. 15: Guest Speaker - Amy Cell (senior vice president, talent enhancement, MEDC; formerly VP Talent Enhancement & Entrepreneurial Education, Ann Arbor SPARK)

Please read about the role and background of both Ann Arbor SPARK (for the Ann Arbor region) and MEDC (state-wide economic development) through both their web pages and various articles on these organizations: google news on MEDC & Ann Arbor SPARK.


Feb 17: High Technology and Innovation II - Clusters

Doeringer, Peter B., and David G. Terkla "Business Strategy and Cross-Industry Clusters." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 9, No. 3, 1995, pp. 225-237.

Held, James R. "Clusters as an Economic Development Tool: Beyond the Pitfalls." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 3, August 1996, pp. 249-261.

Feser, Edward J. and Michael I. Luger "Cluster Analysis as a Mode of Inquiry: Its Use in Science and Technology Policymaking in North Carolina." European Planning Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1, January 2003, pp. 11-24.

see also:
Karen Chapple, Ann Markusen, Greg Schrock, Daisaku Yamamoto and Pingkang Yu, 2004, Gauging Metropolitan "High-Tech" and "I-Tech" Activity, Economic Development Quarterly 18 (1): 10-29.

Feser, Edward, Henry Renski and Harvey Goldstein. 2008. Clusters and Economic Development Outcomes: An Analysis of the Link Between Clustering and Industry Growth. Economic Development Quarterly 22 (4): 324-344.

Nolan, Christine, Ed Morrison, Indraneel Kumar, Hamilton Galloway and Sam Cordes. 2011. Linking Industry and Occupation Clusters in Regional Economic Development, Economic Development Quarterly 25(1) 26–35.

Morfessis, Ioanna. "A Cluster Analytic Approach to Identifying and Developing State Target Industries: The Case of Arizona". Economic Development Review. Spring 1994.

E. Bergman and E. Feser. Industrial and Regional Clusters, chapters 3-4


Feb 22: Student Presentations

Assignment 2 due today: Sectoral Analysis

Feb 24: [no class]

[looking ahead to after the break: each group should sign-up for a 30 minute time slot during March to discuss their final projects with the instructor]
- - -Mid-semester break (no classes Mar 1-3) - - -

PEOPLE: Occupations, Labor Markets, Workforce Development, LABOR MIGRATION

Mar 8: Occupational Analysis & Workforce Development

Beauregard, Robert A. 1999. “The Employment Fulcrum: Evaluating Local Economic Performance.” Economic Development Quarterly. Vol. 13. No. 1. Pp. 8-14.

Markusen, Ann. “Targeting Occupations in Regional and Community Economic Development.” 2004. Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 70, No. 3: 253-268. [link]

Elisa Barbour and Ann Markusen. "Regional Occupational and Industrial Structure: Does the One Imply the Other?" 2007. International Regional Science Review, Vol. 30, No. 1:1-19. [link]

Angel, David P. "The Labor Market for Engineers in the U.S. Semiconductor Industry" Economic Geography, Vol. 65, No. 2, April 1989, pp. 99-112.

see also:
Harper-Anderson, Elsie, “Measuring the Connection Between Workforce Development and Economic Development: Examining the Role of Sector-Based Strategies for Local Outcomes,” Economic Development Quarterly 22(2), 2008.

Persky, Joseph, Daniel Felsenstein, and Virginia Carlson. 2004. Does "Trickle Down" Work? : Economic Development Strategies and Job Chains in Local Labor Markets. Kalamazoo, MI, USA: W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. [ebrary]

Bosworth, Brian R., et. al. Using Regional Economic Analysis in Urban Jobs Strategies. Carrboro, NC: Regional Technology Strategies, February 1997. (Note: a LONG document; read selectively, e.g., the section on "Thinking Strategically About Your Regional Labor Market," pp. 34-42.)

Ranney, David C. and John J. Betancur. 1992. "Labor-Force-Based Development: A Community-Oriented Approach to Targeting Job Training and Industrial Development." Economic Development Quarterly 6,3: 286-96.

Mathur, V. K. 1999. “Human capital-based strategy for regional economic development.” Economic Development Quarterly 13: 203-216


Mar 10: Demography, Labor Migration, Displacement

Tiebout, Charles M. "A Pure Theory of Local Expenditures." Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 64, No. 5, October 1956, pp. 416-424.

Frey, William H. Immigration and Internal Migration "Flight from US Metropolitan Areas: Toward a New Demographic Balkanization." Urban Studies, Vol. 32, No. 4-5, May 1995, pp. 733-757.

Florida, Richard. 2002. Bohemia and economic geography, Journal of Economic Geography 2 (Jan): 55-71.

Myers, Dowell and Lee Menifee . "Population Analysis," in The Practice of Local Government Planning, 3rd edition, edited by Charles J. Hoch, Linda C. Dalton and Frank S. So International City/County Management Association, 2000, pp. 61-86.

see also:
excerpts from Bill Bishop, The Big Sort [link]

"A Nation of Hunkered-Down Homebodies", a discussion in The New York Times, Jan. 10, 2010. [link]

Peck, Don. 2010. How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America, The Atlantic Monthly (March). [online] [also: listen to an online interview with Peck on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," [link]

Florida, Richard. 2009. How the Crash will Reshape America. The Atlantic Monthly (March). [online]

Frey, William H..2009. A Rollercoaster Decade for Migration, Brookings. [online]

US Census:Geographical Mobility/Migration •  Migration Data and Reportsmigration tables in the 2009 Statistical Abstract
United Van Lines 2008 Migration Study
the American Moving & Storage Association
CS Monitor: "Patchwork Nation"
Dowell Myers (USC): recent demographic research
Andrea Coombes, Retirees Who Relocate Often Opt For Homes in Metropolitan Areas, Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2006. [link]


Mar 15: Student Presentations

Assignment 3: Occupational Analysis


Programs / Policies

Mar 17: Evolution and Structure of Economic Development Programs

Clarke, Susan E., and Gary L. Gaile "The Next Wave: Postfederal Local Economic Development Strategies." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1992, pp. 187-198.

Reese, Laura A., and Raymond A. Rosenfeld "Yes, But . . . : Questioning the Conventional Wisdom About Economic Development." Economic Development Quarterly , Vol. 15, No. 4, November 2001, pp. 299-312.

Markusen, Ann, and Amy Glasmeier. 2008. Overhauling and Revitalizing Federal Economic Development Programs. Economic Development Quarterly 22 (2):83-91.

Hill, Edward W. 1998. Principles for rethinking the federal government's role in economic development. Economic Development Quarterly v11 (n4):p299(14).

see also:
3 responses and 1 rejoinder to the Markusen & Glasmeier (2008) piece (above):
Drabenstott, Mark. 2008. An Effective Overhaul of Federal Economic Development Policy: Response to Markusen and Glasmeier. Economic Development Quarterly 22 (2):92-98.
Finkle, Jeffrey A. 2008. A Cautious Look Into Reconfiguring Federal Economic Development Programs. Economic Development Quarterly 22 (2):112-114.
Singerman, Phillip. 2008. Repurposed Federal Economic Development Programs: A Practitioner's Perspective. Economic Development Quarterly 22 (2):99-106.
Markusen, Ann, and Amy Glasmeier. 2008. Rejoinder: History, Leadership, Place Prosperity, Rationales, Competitiveness, Outcomes: A Response to Drabenstott, Finkle, John, and Singerman. Economic Development Quarterly 22 (2):115-118.

Lyons, Thomas S., and Roger E. Hamlin. 2001. Creating an Economic Development Action Plan : A Guide for Development Professionals Revised & Updated Edition. Westport, CT, USA: Greenwood Press. [Section on "The Economic Development Program"] [ebrary].

Reed, Christine et. al. "Assessing Readiness for Economic Development Strategic Planning" APA Journal Autumn 1987.


Mar 22: Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and Business Improvement Districts (BID)

Stephen Malpezzi, "Local Economic Development and Its Finance: An Introduction,"in White, Sammis B., Richard D. Bingham, and Edward W. Hill, eds. 2003. Financing Economic Development in the 21st Century. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

Rachel Weber, "Tax Incremental Financing in Theory and Practice," in White, Sammis B., Richard D. Bingham, and Edward W. Hill, eds. 2003. Financing Economic Development in the 21st Century. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

Steiner, Frederick and Kent Butler. "Economic and Real Estate Development," (Section on capital improvement, pp 401-2 and TIFs, pp. 403-5) in Planning and Urban Design Standards, Student Edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2007, pp. 401-2.

Mitchell, Jerry. "Business Improvement Districts and the 'New' Revitalization of Downtown." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 2, May 2001, pp. 115-123.

see also:
Michigan Department of Treasury: Tax Increment Financing
Neighborhood Capital Budget Group on TIFs
Citizens Research Council of Michigan: 2007 Survey of Economic Development Programs in Michigan (see section on tax increment financing)


Mar 24: Enterprise Zones, MegaProjects, and Innovation

Boarnet, Marion G. "Enterprise Zones and Job Creation: Linking Evaluations and Practice." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2001, pp. 242-254.

Steiner, Frederick and Kent Butler. "Economic and Real Estate Development," (Section on financing) in Planning and Urban Design Standards, Student Edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2007, pp. 406-14.

Altshuler, Alan A., and David Luberoff "Mega-Projects and Urban Theory," in Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment. Washington, D.C.; Cambridge, MA Brookings Institution Press; Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2003, pp. 45-75.

see also:

Storper, Michael. "The Limits to Globalization: Technology Districts and International Trade," in The Regional World: Territorial Development in a Global Economy. New York: Guilford Press, 1997, pp. 195-220.

Zook, Matthew A. The Knowledge Brokers: Venture Capitalists, Tacit Knowledge and Regional Development. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Sep 2004. Vol. 28, Iss. 3; pg. 621-41.

David E. Arnstein, Venture Capital, in White, Sammis B., Richard D. Bingham, and Edward W. Hill, eds. 2003. Financing Economic Development in the 21st Century. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

National Venture Capital Association


Mar 29: Regional Economic Development: Metropolitan Areas and emerging Megaregions

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, "Business Coalitions as a Force for Regionalism," in Katz, Bruce, ed. 2000. Reflections on Regionalism. Washington, DC: Brookings. [link]

Markusen, A. 1999. Fuzzy concepts, scanty evidence, policy distance: The case for rigor and policy relevance in critical regional studies. Regional Studies 33,9: 869-884.

Scott, Allen J., John Agnew, Edward W. Soja, and Michael Storper "Global City-Regions," in Global City-Regions: Trends, Theory, Policy, edited by Scott, Allen J. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2001, pp. 11-30.

links to regional agencies:
Port Authority of New York and New Jerseyeconomic development
Appalachian Regional Commission
Metropolitan Council (Twin Cities) and its GIS
The Metropolitan Area Research Corporation (Myron Orfield)
Portland metropolitan government
regional councils of government (including SEMCOG, ABAG, etc.), the National Association of Regional Councils, and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations)
states as implicit regional planning agencies (e.g., the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth)


Mar 31: Economic Development Evaluation I: Techniques

Rubin, Herbert J. "Shoot Anything That Flies; Claim Anything That Falls: Conversations With Economic Development Practitioners." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 3, 1988, pp. 236-251.

Reese, Laura and David Fasenfest ("What Works Best...") and Daniel C. Knudsen ("Rejoinder...") "What Works Best?: Values and the Evaluation of Local Economic Development Policy" and "Rejoinder: Values, Valuation and Evaluation: Limits of Theory on Practice, ." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 11, No. 3, August 1997, pp. 195-211.

Isserman, Andrew and Terance Rephann. "The Economic Effects of the Appalachian Regional Commission: An Empirical Assessment of 26 Years of Regional Development Planning." Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 61, No. 3, Summer 1995, pp. 345-364.


see also:
Davis, H. Craig Regional Economic Impact Analysis and Project Evaluation [preview via google book project]
BEA on Input-Output Analysis [link]

Felsenstein, Daniel, and Joseph Persky. "When Is a Cost Really a Benefit? Local Welfare Effects and Employment Creation in the Evaluation of Economic Development Programs." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 1, February 1999, pp. 46-54.

Lyons, Thomas S., and Roger E. Hamlin. 2001. Creating an Economic Development Action Plan : A Guide for Development Professionals Revised & Updated Edition. Westport, CT, USA: Greenwood Press. [Section on "Program Evaluation"] [ebrary].


Apr 5: Economic Development Evaluation II: Case Studies of BMW and Film Subsidies

Case Study: BMW in Spartanburg
The Economic Impact of BMW on South Carolina (2002); BMW in South Carolina: An Update (U. of South Carolina Business School) [link updated 4/10/10]
community impacts: BMW site
• Jay Hancock,1999. "S.C. pays dearly for added jobs: South Carolina's economy was supposed to improve, but taxes exploded while services crumbled," Baltimore Sun, Originally published on Oct 12 1999. [link]

Case Study: State Subsidies of the Film Industry
• Steven R. Miller and Abdul Abdulkadri, The Economic Impact of Michigan’s Motion Picture Production Industry and the Michigan Motion Picture Production Credit, Center for Economic Analysis, Michigan State University, February 6, 2009 [link]
• Robert Tannerwald, State Film Subsidies: Not Much Bang for Too Many Bucks, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, (Dec. 9, 2010) [link]
• David Zin, Film Incentives in Michigan, Issue paper, Senate Fiscal Agency, September 2010. [link]
• Michael D. LaFaive, Flawed MSU Film Subsidy Report Misleads Taxpayers,Viewpoint on Public Issues, July 6, 2009 (No. 2009-19), Mackinac Center for Public Policy. [link to web page; pdf version of report]

[optional] see also these other case studies:
Hall, Peter V. "We’d Have to Sink the Ships: Impact Studies and the 2002 West Coast Port Lockout." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 4, November 2004, pp. 254-367.

Stone, Kenneth G. Impact of Walmart Stores on Iowa Communities: 1983- 1993, Economic Development Review, Vol. 13, #2 (Spring 1995), 60-69

Nelson, Arthur C. "Prosperity or Blight? A Question of Major League Stadia Locations." Economic Development Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 3, August 2001, pp. 255-265.



Apr 7: Student Presentations

Assignment 4: Economic Development Policy Analysis

BEFORE CLASS (by Thursday morning at 8 am), each group should send me ONE powerpoint slide that visualizes / illustrates the most interesting aspects of your findings for Assignment 4. Notes: (a) no need to exhaustively include all your results; just illustrate the most interesting and/or important. (b) Don't just post a huge list of terms in tiny (unreadable) fonts. Be creative, illuminating, thoughtful. I will put the slides together for presentation today. Be ready to briefly (2-3 minutes) discuss how you approached and organized your assignment.

Also: we will use the last few minutes of class to discuss the final projects (due April 25) and assign groups to either present on April 14 or 19.


Apr 12: Guest Speaker: Timothy Davis, Director of iLabs, University of Michigan - Dearborn School of Management

"iLabs, Center for Innovation Research": The presentation will examine how UM-Dearborn (as a metropolitan university) is participating in regional economic development through various methods, including providing resources and conducting research studies. ILabs works with such groups as the MEDC, County ED agencies, local practitioners, and various businesses.

Improving Michigan's Workforce for Knowledge Economy Opportunities (How Michigan lags in college education and what can be done to change that)
Research Corridor website
eCities (Our annual project that helps local governments understand how to assist their business community)
UM-Dearborn Innovation Index
Technology Climate Survey
Post-Graduate Expectations Survey
Economic Impact of Detroit Metropolitan Airport


FINAL Sessions: Presentations anD CONCLUSIONS

Apr 14: Presentations I (5 groups)

10 minute presentations; 5 minutes of question & answer.

10:10 am Isaac Gilman, Kate Humphrey Hudson County, NJ, Arlington County, VA
10:25 am Karen Boore, Sylvia Harris, Rebecca Lopez Kriss Detroit, Philadelphia
10:40 am Kyle O'Neill, Nicole Mangis Detroit, Baltimore
10:55 am Jake Anderson, Mike Hanlon Traverse City MI, Newport, RI
11:10 am Christopher Wells, Taylor Traub, Michael Cantor Minneapolis, MN, Seattle, WA

Apr 19: Presentations II (5 groups)

10 minute presentations; 5 minutes of question & answer.

10:10 am Fei Da and Melinda Morang Chicago, Toronto
10:25 am Vadim Avshalumov, Sarah Carlson, Julianne Kwon Oakland, CA, Houston, TX
10:40 am Julia Roberts, Talar Hovnanian, Parin Jaipanya Dallas, Los Angeles
10:55 am Ting Ma, Bing Zhao Silicon Valley, CA, Seattle, WA
11:10 am Joe Jones, Eric Dennis Buffalo, NY, Rochester, NY
final paper version due end of the day, Tuesday April 26


readings to be incorporated into the syllabus above


Todaro, Michael P., and Stephen C. Smith. 2009. Economic development. 10th ed, Addison-Wesley series in economics. Boston: Pearson Addison Wesley.

Blakely, Edward James, and Nancey Green Leigh. 2010. Planning local economic development: theory and practice. 4th ed. Los Angeles: Sage


Sugrue, Thomas J. 1998. The Origins of the Urban Crisis. Princeton: Princeton Univ Press. (Ch 5)

Savitch, H.V. et. al. “Ties that Bind: Central Cities, Suburbs, and the New Metropolitan Region” Economic Development Quarterly v. 7, n. 4 (Nov. 1993)

Juzhong, Zhuang. 2008. Inclusive Growth toward a Harmonious Society in the People's Republic of China: Policy Implications. Asian Development Review 25 (1/2):22.