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date: 16 February 2020

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The global financial crisis, which started in 2008, has reduced state support for public universities in the United States. This reduction can have a negative effect on universities and, as a result, on the regions that they serve and in which they are located. Nonetheless, local and national governments continue to place universities under constant pressure to promote economic growth. This chapter focuses on the following question: How did funding changes affect universities’ competitiveness? To answer, this chapter analyzes the changes in funding and economic impact over a period of 10 years by three universities in one city: the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and Emory University in Atlanta. Although all three are research-intensive universities, one is private (Emory) and two are public (Georgia State and Georgia Institute of Technology). They serve different student populations and are located in different parts of the city.

Keywords: university, Atlanta, financial crisis, Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Georgia State University

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