Craig Carpenter

Craig Carpenter

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Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist- Community Economics
MSU Extension


Ph.D., Michigan State University
B.A., Kalamazoo College

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Dr. Carpenter's research efforts focus on the use of federal administrative data to examine questions related to the interaction of race, ethnicity, veteran status, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. More recently, he began examining policy questions related to early life exposure to government programs and effects on later life labor market outcomes. His Extension efforts revolve around community and economic development. He has published numerous articles on entrepreneurship, public policy, and regional economic growth and been honored with research and outreach awards. He has served in multiple leadership roles, including the Chair of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Community and Regional Economic Network section, President of NE1749 Enhancing Rural Economic Opportunities, Community Resilience, and Entrepreneurship (USDA-funded multistate research project group), Chair of the National Association of Community Development and Extension Professionals Finance Committee, and President of the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, among others.

Additionally, Dr. Carpenter facilitates community and regional economic workshops across Michigan and Texas to help communities identify and implement economic opportunities with a high likelihood of success. Conducts research on regional minority entrepreneurship, and quality of life relevant to maintaining populations, jobs, and income. Works with graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and trainings for economic development, rural stakeholders, public officials, and extension agents to foster understanding of the tools and research for economic development.

Dr. Carpenter has published over 75 Extension/outreach publications, provided interviews for popular press articles, runs social media accounts, developed the History of Redlining in Michigan website and presented at over 50 Extension/outreach meetings. You can connect with him on Twitter: @DrCWCarpenter

Research Interests:

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Regional Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Federal Administrative Data

Teaching Experience

  • Organization of the Agri-Food Systems, Michigan State University (2022- )
  • Principles of Microeconomics (Albion College, 2014-2015)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (Albion College, 2014-2015)
  • Economics and Management Statistics (Albion College, 2015)