PA 8204

PA 8204, "Creating Good Work: Economic and Workforce Development" will be taught by Visiting Assistant Professor Greg Schrock on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15 p.m., spring 2010.

PA 8204

If you are interested in economic development policy and planning at both international and domestic scales, consider taking PA 8204, Creating Good Work: Economic and Workforce Development. The course, a seminar format with an online data analysis lab, will meet from 4:00 to 5:15 P.M., Mondays and Wednesdays, with the Lab at 5:30 - 6:20 P.M. on Wednesdays during the Spring 2010 semester.

The course surveys job-oriented economic development in the US and internationally. It explores how urban and regional economies grow, why industries and employers locate where they do, and how workers decide where to live and work. It reviews the strategies and practices that federal, state/provincial and local economic developers use to create jobs, including tax incentives, technological R&D and entrepreneurship, workforce development and infrastructure, evaluating which ones seem to work and how firms can be held accountable for the outcomes. It includes case study material from Brazil, South Korea, Japan, China, Europe and other countries as well as the US, Canada and Mexico, and incorporates material on race, ethnicity, gender and class. We will also examine recent initiatives to harness the "green economy" toward job creation and the revitalization of regional economies.

PA 8204 counts as a domain course for the Humphrey Institute's Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree, and toward the requirements of the Economic and Community Development concentration for the Master's of Public Policy degree. However, students from all degree programs and concentrations are welcomed to take the course. Non-MURP students are strongly encouraged to take PA 5036 (Regional Economic Analysis, 1.5 credits) concurrently, as that course will introduce analysis techniques discussed in PA 8204.

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