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Higher Education’s Impact on Economic Development: Human Capital, Innovation and Research

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Recommended Readings

Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy: JSGS 854 - Higher Education Policy

Henry Etzkowitz, “Networks of Innovation: Science, Technology and Development in the Triple Helix Era,” International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development 1: 7‐20.

Science, Technology and Innovation Council, Government of Canada. 2009. State of the Nation 2008: Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation System.

Alison Bramwell and David Wolfe. 2008. “Universities and Regional Economic Development: The Entrepreneurial University of Waterloo,” Research Policy 37: 1175‐1187

Ammon Salter and Ben R. Martin. 2001. “The Economic Benefits of Publicly Funded Basic Research: A Critical Review,Research Policy 30: 509‐32.

Julian Betts and Carolyn Lee. 2005. “Universities as Drivers of Regional and National Innovation,” in Beach et. al. eds., Higher Education in Canada Montreal: McGill‐Queen’s Press.

Michael Crow and Christopher Tucker. 2001. “The American Research University System as America’s Defacto Technology Policy,” Science and Technology Policy 28: 2‐10.

Christiano Antonelli. 2008. The New Economics of the University: A Knowledge Governance Approach,” Journal of Technology Transfer 33: 1–22.

Joanna Poyago‐Theotoky, John Beath and David Seigel. 2002. “Universities and Fundamental Research: Reflections on the Growth of University‐Industry Partnerships” Oxford Review of Economic Policy 18 (1): 10‐21.

Bart Verspegen. 2006. “University Research, Intellectual Property Rights and European Innovation Systems,” Journal of Economic Surveys 20 (4): 607‐632.

Carleton University: PADM 5227 - Higher Education and Society 

David Shaffer and David Wright, 2010. A New Paradigm for Economic Development: How Higher Education Institutions Are Working to Revitalize their Regional and State Economies (at, accessed 5 June 2015). 

Harvard Kennedy School: SUP 442 - Tackling the Toughest Challenges in Modern American Higher Education

William G. Bowen. Technology and Productivity in Higher Education (2013, Princeton Univ. Press).  

Additional Reading Recommended by the Atlas Editors

Council of Ontario Universities, New data shows university has highest pay-off for graduates' career prospects and earnings, News Release, June 4, 2015. Full report at University Works: 2015 Employment Report

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