Spring 2018

The Problem of Jobs: The Philadelphia Story

Spring 2017
Course Number: 
GAFL 506 001
Monday 6:00pm-9:00pm

Hornstein, Jeffery

Primary Program: 
Fels Institute of Government
Course Description: 

Once the "workshop of the world" with a diverse manufacturing economy, the City of Philadelphia has lost a huge proportion of its historical economic base in the past 60 years.  Today Philadelphia struggles to find its competitive advantage.  Yet it has tremendous assets that can be leveraged.  This course will explore the rise and fall of Philadelphia's manufacturing economy, efforts to forestall its decline in the 1960s and 70s, the racial and gender dynamics of its employment ecosystem, and contemporary strategies to create a sustainable local economy.  We will focus on the emerging national recognition of place-based economic development strategies, including the revival of downtown residential living, tourism and hospitality, and the role of anchor institutions, such as universities and hospitals, in the revitalization of urban America.  The course will combine readings in economic and social history and urban economics with case study analyses of local policies aimed at stimulating growth.