Research Opportunities

The Department of Economics at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University provides excellent opportunities for economic research. The department offers graduate research assistantships to a number of incoming graduate students and most Ph D students. These positions allow students to work directly with faculty members on their research. However, this is just the starting point for research at the Andrew Young School.

Departmental Research Programs

The department offers two programs that allow undergraduates and graduates alike to participate in research:

Research Internship

The semester research internships allows the development of students’ analytical thinking capabilities in the application of theories and concepts to social problems. A research paper is required at the end of the semester, of which process enhances students’ literacy skills and understanding of the scientific methods throughout research requirements and in-depth case studies.

Research Centers

In addition to these programs, the school has a number of internationally recognized research centers, including:

Experimental Economics Lab (EXCEN)

ExCEN, the EXperimental Economics CENter, was founded in 2006 to support research, teaching, and policy applications involving controlled experiments with human decision makers. Professor James C. Cox is the founding director of the Center.

The Center’s central objective is to promote the development and application of economics and related academic disciplines as empirical social science. Ongoing research in the Center involves development of economic theory supported by data.

Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC)

The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC), housed within Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, provides evidence-based research, program development, and policy guidance. We work locally, statewide, and nationally to improve health status at the community level.

The GHPC focuses on solutions to complex issues facing health care today including insurance coverage, long-term care, health care reform, children’s health, and the development of rural and urban health systems. Today the center is at work throughout Georgia and in more than 200 communities across the nation, helping communities achieve health improvement.

International Center for Public Policy (ICePP)

The International Center for Public Policy (ICePP) is an interdisciplinary public policy research center that engages over 20 faculty memers from the Department of Economics, Department of Public Management and Policy within the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS) and faculty from the Department of Political Science and other departments at GSU.

The center pursues this mission through internationally oriented research, academic programs and technical assistance and training activities for developing countries.

Fiscal Research Center (FRC)

Established in 1995, the Fiscal Research Center (FRC) provides nonpartisan research, technical assistance and education in the evaluation and design of state tax and economic policy. FRC’s responsibilities include developing estimates for tax-related fiscal notes, writing the Georgia State Tax Expenditure Budget, supporting the state’s economist, and conducting policy and academic research on a variety of topics associated with state tax policy issues.

The FRC’s technical assistance responsibilities include supporting the Georgia State Economist, developing estimates for tax-related fiscal notes, writing the Georgia State Tax Expenditure Budget, and conducting research on a variety of topics associated with state fiscal policy issues at the request of the Governor’s office and the Georgia General Assembly.

Center for State & Local Finance (CSLF)

The Center for State and Local Finance’s (CSLF) mission is to develop the people and ideas for next generation public finance by bringing together the Andrew Young School’s nationally-ranked faculty and the broader public finance community. CSLF conducts innovative, nonpartisan research on tax policy and reform, budget and financial management, education finance, and economic development and urban policy. Additionally, it provides premier executive education in public finance for state and local finance officials and works with local and state partners on technical assistance projects on fiscal and economic policy.