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Craig Carpenter, Ph.D

Posted by msanderson | March 1, 2021
Craig Carpenter, Ph.D
Research Fellow
Michigan State University

Dr. Craig Carpenter completed his bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and has a Ph.D. in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics from Michigan State University. His major field was economic development with a focus in applied econometrics. Dr. Carpenter holds a joint appointment as an Extension Specialist in the Community, Food, and Environment Institute at Michigan State University Extension, and as an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. He specializes in community and regional economic development. Dr. Carpenter’s research expertise includes the interaction of race, ethnicity, entrepreneurship, and economic growth.

Dr. Carpenter’s primary goal is to help communities and businesses organize, understand research and local economic data, make informed decisions, and take action about community and economic development issues. Pursuantly, he develops research-based educational and data materials on local/regional community, economic, and business development issues, while publishing this research in academic journals. His programs underscore regional economic coordination, cooperation, and action, resulting from understanding their regional and historical context based on publicly available data.

Carpenter will work in partnership with Tyler Augst (MSU) and David Ivan (MSU).

Carpenter's Work

Best Practices in Suburban Housing Affordability: Understanding, Motivating, and Policy Options

Suburban communities across the United States have different housing strengths and weaknesses; however, they have all experienced a steady rise in median housing prices. Lower housing affordability has a host of negative consequences including increased homelessness, poor health outcomes, unaddressed racial housing inequality, and lower disposable incomes.

Although research and resources often focus on urban and rural areas, an increasing number of suburban areas face housing affordability pressure from rapidly expanding major urban cores. Similar housing pressures face regional metropolitan areas (anchored by smaller cities such as Boise, ID and Spokane, WA), which serve as economic, cultural, social, or health-care hubs for surrounding rural communities.

Applied Research Fellows from Michigan State University developed a position paper on affordable housing, focusing on first and second ring suburban cities and smaller, growing urban centers. This paper will serve as the foundation for determining future opportunities for Extension, such as the development of programming or curricula to help metropolitan leaders establish effective housing policy.

Past Fellow, July – December 2020