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Faculty and Staff Profile

Robert Carey

Lecturer, Political Science

Office: 2035 Barre Hall

Phone: 864-656-0372


Educational Background

Ph.D. Policy Studies
Clemson University 2007

M.A. Economics
Clemson University 1993

B.S. Economics
Clemson University 1991

Courses Taught

American National Government (POSC 1010)
Public Administration (POSC 3210)
Policy Evaluation (POSC 4300)


In addition to being a lecturer in Political Science, I am the director of the Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory. From 2005-2019, I was a research economist with the Strom Thurmond Institute, which was a public policy research institute. In 2019, I transferred to the Department of Political Science, where I had previously taught as a visiting instructor. I have also co-taught regional economic development policy as a visiting professor for Clemson’s Agribusiness program. Prior to coming to Clemson, I taught economics at Anderson University and Tri-County Technical College.

Research Interests

My research is primarily in the field of regional economics. I do extensive consulting work doing economic and fiscal impact analysis. I also do broader research on economic development and tax policy.

Research Publications

Economic & Fiscal Impact Analysis (EIA), Spartanburg Community College Including the Spark Center, April 2022.
EIA, Proposed Greenville Triumph Stadium, January 2022.
EIA, The Children's Museum of the Upstate, July 2021.
Fiscal Impact Analysis (FIA), Jasper County Government, School District, City of Hardeeville, and Town of Ridgeland; Jasper County, SC, October 2020.
EIA, Lander University, February 2020.
EIA, Greenville Health System, Prisma Health, September 2019.
Economic Impact of 2019 RBC Heritage Classic Golf Tournament (with Bob Brookover), Heritage Classic Foundation, May 2019.
EIA, Proposed SC Aquatic Center, Friends of the SC Aquatic Center, October 2018.
EIA, of Clemson University (2014-2017), October 2018.
FIA, Lancaster County Government & Lancaster County School District, Lancaster County, SC, May 2018.
EIA, The Citadel, for the Citadel Military College, February 2018.
EIA, Tourism in Tybee Island, GA (with John Salazar), for Savannah DMO, February 2018.
Economic Impact Analysis on Lower Savannah River from Varying Flow Rates (with Jeff Allen, Simon Metcalf, and Oscar Flite & Carol Couch), USACE grant, December 2017.
FIA and Facilities Needs Projection: Dorchester County School District 2 (with Ellen Saltzman), for Dorchester County, SC School District 2, January 2017.
Projected Economic Impact: TOLL-CRV Commercial Corridor Connector (with Bob Brookover), for Town of Lake Lure, NC, September 2016.
Economic Impact of the 2016 Greenville Scottish Games & Highlands Festival (with Bob Brookover), for the Scottish Games, June 2016.
Dynamic Scoring Analysis, Impact of Exempting Military Pension Income from South Carolina Income Tax (with Michael Mikota), for SC Military Base Commission, SC Dept. of Commerce, February 2015 (updated May 2, 2016).
FIA and Facilities Needs Projection: Berkeley County School District (with Bill Molnar and Ellen Saltzman), for Berkeley County, SC School District, August 2015.
Estimated Impact of Artisphere 2015 on Greenville County (with Bob Brookover), for Artisphere Festival, May 2015.


Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory

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