Dr. Ki Eun Kang, Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy (ISTPP) Postdoctoral Research Associate, has recently published a co-authored paper with Kyungha Lee, PhD Candidate at Yonsei University, in Economic Development Quarterly.
In their article, “Collaboration and Public Participation for Municipal Growth in Land Economic Development Projects,” they examine the impacts of collaboration and public participation on municipal growth in mid-size U.S. municipalities. They specifically look at the cases of land economic development projects across the nation and how local governments’ population and employment growth are associated with public participation and collaboration. Their study employs two methods—a survey of planners and officials and GPT-3 semantic search. The findings show that informal collaboration pushes population and employment growth, but the value of citizen participation is more contentious.