Economics, Development & Public Finance
The Schar School’s research and teaching focuses on problems afflicting countries across the world, the institutional settings within which these problems arise, and the solutions offered by governments, nongovernmental organizations, multinational organizations, and the private sector. In addition to focusing on economic development and governance structures within countries, we explore political and economic relations between countries as well as the ways entrepreneurship interacts with globalization. Economics and public finance research examines the impact of public sector activities on the economic behavior of individuals, firms, nonprofit organizations, and markets. The processes and mechanisms of finance can influence economic efficiency, and this research is interested in such relationships. Public finance asks how governments raise revenue through taxes and borrowing, and how they make decisions about disbursing those funds. The ways that governments and public institutions plan, control, and account for such activities have impacts across sectors, as do the design and administration of all of these functions.
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Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy; University ProfessorAreas of Research: Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Global & Domestic Business Environment, Managerial Economics & Public Policy, New Venture Creation, Technology Management, The Global Economy
Associate ProfessorAreas of Research: Economic Development, Economic Policy, Energy Policy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Industrial Organization, International Development, Microeconomics, Regional Development, Science and Technology Policy
University ProfessorAreas of Research: Economics of Privatization and Regulation, Environmental Economics, Regional Economics, Transport Planning, Transportation Economics, Urban Economics
Northern Virginia Chair in Local Government; Professor of Public Policy; Director, Center for Regional AnalysisAreas of Research: Economic Development, Economic Policy, Quantitative Methods, Regional Development, Transportation Policy, Regional Economic Performance, Economic Forecasting, Economic and Fiscal Impacts
Director, Center for Micro-Economic Policy Research (CMEPR)
Director, PhD Program in Public PolicyAreas of Research: Comparative, Institutional, and Transition Economics; Economic Development; Economic Policy; Employment Policy; Entrepreneurship; Firm and Industry Dynamics; Labor Economics; Microeconomics; Organizations; Political Economy; Quantitative Methods; Small Business Programs, Growth, and Innovation
Professor; Director, Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership PolicyAreas of Research: Civil Engineering, Development and Delivery, Federalism/State and Local Government, Fiscal Policy and Budgeting, Infrastructure Finance, Public-private Partnerships, Regional Development, Transportation Policy, Urban Policy
Associate Professor; Director, Middle East and Islamic StudiesBassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC)
Schar School of Policy and GovernmentLayla M. Hashemi is a researcher and data analyst at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) focusing on international supply chains, cybercrime and illicit trade. On the NSF project Disrupting Operations of Illicit Supply Networks (D-ISN), she is analyzing the supply chains of counterfeit PPE, fentanyl and pharmaceuticals.
Professor of Public PolicyAreas of Research: Economic Growth, International Economic Development, Human Capital, Foreign Direct Investment, International Trade and Global Labor Markets.