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Economic Development Quarterly

Economic Development Quarterly

The Journal of American Economic Revitalization

eISSN: 15523543 | ISSN: 08912424 | Current volume: 35 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

The mission of Economic Development Quarterly is to promote research supporting the formulation of evidence-based economic development and workforce development policy, programs, and practice in the United States.

The focus of EDQ is high quality research in economic and workforce development policy and practice within the United States. This research can be scholarly, applied or practice-oriented.

EDQ takes a broad view of economic development policy and practice by encompassing both labor supply and demand-side research perspectives. Workforce development strategies, policies, programs, and practices are crucial components to regional economic development and therefore will remain a special focus for EDQ.

Case studies contribute to the body of economic development research. EDQ encourages cross-sectional or multi-site, comparative case studies rather than single case, single-site studies.

In selecting articles for publication, priority will be given to high quality research that contributes to the body of evidence discovering and/or substantiating effective economic development strategies, policies, programs, and practice. Each article published in EDQ will clearly identify the implications of the research for policy and practice within the United States and its contribution to the body of evidence on effective economic development strategies. Research based on other nations will be considered only if it has important and clearly-identified implications for policy and practice within the United States. 

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Economic development—jobs, income, and community prosperity—is a continuing challenge to modern society. To meet this challenge, economic developers must use imagination and common sense, coupled with the tools of public and private finance, politics, planning, micro- and macroeconomics, engineering, and real estate. In short, the art of economic development must be supported by the science of research. And only one journal—Economic Development Quarterly: The Journal of American Economic Revitalization (EDQ)—effectively bridges the gap between academics, policy makers, and practitioners and links the various economic development communities.

The journal is basically geared to North American economic development and revitalization. However, international perspective is welcome and encouraged. EDQ will consider studies of economic development in other countries if the article makes clear its relevance to the U.S. context. Relevance to the U.S. context is not established by adding on a short section at the end; it must be integral to the article.

Comprehensive Approach
Featuring timely, relevant, and practical essays, EDQ presents today’s most pivotal issues and details the programs and policies affecting development at every level. Regular areas of study include

  • Economic Development Theory
  • Methodology
  • Economic Development Policy & Practice
  • Globalization & Foreign Trade
  • Industrial Location
  • Industry Studies
  • Sustainable Development
  • Workforce Development
  • Quality of Life
  • Institutional Roles: Economic, Political, Legal, Social
  • New Growth Theory
  • Community Development

Extensive Coverage
EDQ presents research and opinion in an articulate and readable manner. Each issue of the journal offers up to six sections to provide extensive coverage of American economic issues:

  • Research and Practice
  • Research Notes
  • Commentary
  • Forum
  • Review Essays
  • Book Reviews
Timothy J. Bartik W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, USA
George A. Erickcek W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, USA
Corresponding Editor
George A. Erickcek W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, USA
Managing Editor
Claudette Robey W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, USA
Senior Editorial Advisors
Randall W. Eberts W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, USA
Edward W. Hill The Ohio State Univeristy, USA
Larry C. Ledebur Cleveland State University, USA
Sammis B. White University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
Wim Wiewel Portland State University, USA
Book Review Editor
Neil Reid University of Toledo, USA
Associate Editors
John Brennan University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA
Michael C. Carroll University of North Texas, USA
Teresa Cordova Great Cities Institue - University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Sabina Deitrick University of Pittsburgh, USA
Guy Downs Eastern Michigan University, USA
Akhlaque Haque University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Kevin Hollenbeck W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, USA
Iryna Lendel Cleveland State University, USA
Cathy Yang Liu Georgia State University, USA
John Magill Ohio Board of Regents, USA
David Merriman University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Michelle Miller-Adams W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, USA
Haifeng Qian University of Iowa, USA
James Robey W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, USA
Shawn Rohlin Kent State University, USA
Robert W. Wassmer California State University, Sacramento, USA
Editorial Board
Zoltan J. Acs George Mason University, USA
William R. Barnes National League of Cities (retired)
John P. Blair Wright State University, USA
Evelyn Blumenberg University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Karen Chapple University of California, Berkeley, USA
Steven C. Deller University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Margaret Dewar University of Michigan, USA
Paul D. Gottlieb Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
James F. Hettinger JH Urban Development Services, USA
Keith R. Ihlanfeldt Florida State University, USA
Nancey Green Leigh Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Michael I. Luger University of Manchester, UK
Ann Markusen University of Minnesota, USA
Heike Mayer University of Bern, Switzerland
Richard McGahey New School University, USA
Joseph Persky University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Kenneth E. Poole Council for Community/Economic Research, USA
Phillip A. Singerman National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
William Testa Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, USA
Frederick Treyz Regional Economic Models, Inc., USA
Fritz Wagner University of Washington, Seattle, USA
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  • Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to Full-length manuscripts should be approximately 25 double-spaced pages, although longer manuscripts will not be excluded from consideration. Every manuscript should include a title page with the names, institutional affiliations, addresses, email addresses, and telephone and fax numbers of the authors. All manuscripts must include an abstract of 100-150 words on a separate sheet of paper and a short (40 words or fewer) biographical statement including affiliation, research interests, and/or recent publications.  All copy should follow APA style (see Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.), with notes and references at the end of the article.  Tables and figures should also appear on separate pages at the end of the article. All color charts should also be reproducible in grayscale for printing in the journal.

    All articles are peer reviewed. The editors assume that manuscripts are for the exclusive consideration of EDQ and have not been submitted elsewhere, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    · The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission

    · The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors

    · Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    In addition to traditional full-length Research and Practice articles, EDQ features Research Notes, Commentary, Forum, Review Essays, and Book Reviews. Research Note submission requirements are the same as for full-length papers, but they should be limited to 10-15 pages in length, not including tables and references. Commentaries are opinion pieces, whereas the Forum provides readers with the opportunity to comment on articles published in previous issues of EDQ. Review Essays survey the literature on a certain topic, and Book Reviews give our readers exposure to recent books and reports in the economic development field along with a critique by an informed reader. Publishers and authors of recent economic development books, as well as individuals interested in serving as reviewers, should contact Neil Reid, Book Review Editor, at

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self/author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.


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