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Faculty and Staff Profile

Robert Carey

Lecturer, Political Science

Office: 2035 Barre Hall

Phone: 864-656-0372


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Educational Background

Ph.D. Public Policy
Clemson University 2007

M.A. Economics
Clemson University 1993

B.S. Economics
Clemson University 1991

Courses Taught

American National Government
Public Administration
Policy Evaluation
Markets, Government, and Public Policy (Ph.D. program in Policy Studies)


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

Fiscal Impact Analysis, Jasper County Government, School District, City of Hardeeville, and Town of Ridgeland; Jasper County, SC, October 2020.
Economic Impact Analysis, Lander University, February 2020.
Economic & Fiscal Impact Analysis, Greenville Health System, Prisma Health, September 2019.
Economic Impact of 2019 RBC Heritage Classic Golf Tournament (with Bob Brookover), Heritage Classic Foundation, May 2019.
Economic Impact of Proposed SC Aquatic Center, Friends of the SC Aquatic Center, October 2018.
Economic & Fiscal Impact of Clemson University (2014-2017), October 2018.
Fiscal Impact Analysis, Lancaster County Government & Lancaster County School District, Lancaster County, SC, May 2018.
The Citadel Economic Impact Analysis, for the Citadel Military College, February 2018.
Economic Impact Analysis of 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.
Fiscal Impact Analysis 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.
The Projected Economic & Fiscal 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).
Fiscal Impact Analysis 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.

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