- Economic History
- Regional Economic Development
- Urban Economics
Dr. Schaffer, professor emeritus, holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University. He specializes in constructing regional inter-industry models and in economic impact analysis in areas including Hawaii, Georgia, and Nova Scotia.
His books include Cost-Benefit Analysis and On Input-Output Models and Regional Planning (now on Springer Book Archive site), His latest publication, recently translated into Farsi, is electronic: “Economic Impact Models in The Web Book of Regional Science at West Virginia University.”
Schaffer has been a member of the International Council of the Regional Science Association and was president of the North American Regional Science Council in 1996-7. He received the Faculty of the Year award of the Student Government Association at Georgia Tech in 1990. He is currently involved with the Americans for the Arts on a study of the Economic Impact of Arts on cities across America.