Stephan Goetz, Ph.D.

Stephan Goetz, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Agricultural and Regional Economics
  • Director of The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development
207C Armsby
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Food Systems Economics
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Regional Economics and Policy


  • Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, 1990


Outreach/Extension Interests

As Director of The Northeast Center, I provide leadership for economic and community development research and extension activities across 13 states. Part of this responsibility includes linking state activities to national and regional initiatives. An underlying theme of my research program is the role of markets and human capital in stimulating economic growth and development, and in reducing poverty. Current research interests include social network analysis, regional food systems, self-employment and targeted regional economic development.

Current/Recent Courses

  • AEREC 533: Rural and Regional Economic Development
  • CEDev 430: Rural Development Planning

Recent Selected Publications

Goetz, Stephan J. and Floor Brouwer(eds.). 2010. New Perspectives on Agri-environmental Policies; A Multidisciplinary and Transatlantic Approach. Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, UK. 290 pp.

Goetz, S.J., Y. Han, J. Findeis and K. Brasier. 2010. U.S. Commuting Networks and Economic Growth: Measurement and Implications for Spatial Policy. Growth and Change 41(2):276-302.

Kinsella, J., S.J. Goetz, M. Partridge, S.C. Deller and D. Fleming. 2010. Evaluating RD Policies for Social and Human Capital Development. EuroChoices 9(1):42-7.

Fleming, D., D. Abler and S.J. Goetz. 2010. The Impact of Agricultural Trade on Poverty: The Case of Chile. Agricultural Economics. DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-0862.2010.00468.x

Goetz, S.J., M. Partridge, S.C. Deller and D. Fleming. 2010. Evaluating U.S. Rural Entrepreneurship Policy. Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy 40(1):20-33.

Debertin, David L. and Stephan J. Goetz. 2010. Social Capital Formation in Rural, Urban and Suburban Communities. Pp, 166-195 in Prasenjit Maiti (ed.), Environmental Politics: From Sociability to Sustenance. Discovery Publishing House PVT. LTD New Delhi (India).

Goetz, S.J. and F. Brouwer. 2010. A Multidisciplinary and Transatlantic Approach to Agri-Environmental Policies: Motivation and Overview. Pp. 1-10 in Goetz and Brouwer (eds.), New Perspectives on Agri-Environmental Policies: A Multidisicplinary and Transatlantic Approach, Ch. 1. London : Routlegde.

Brasier, K. and S.J. Goetz. 2010. A Social Network Analysis of the May 2009 NE-RCRD Local Foods Conference: Technical Report .  University Park, PA, 22 pp. RDP No. 46.

Goetz, Stephan J., Steven C. Deller and Thomas Harris, editors, 2009. Targeted Regional Economic Development , Routledge, UK (2009).

Goetz, Stephan J. and Sundra S. Shrestha, 2009.  “Explaining Self-Employment Success and Failure: Wal-Mart vs. Starbucks or Schumpeter vs. Putnam," Social Science Quarterly . 91, 1: 22-38.

Grassmueck, Georg, Stephan J. Goetz and Martin Shields, 2008. “Youth Out-Migration from Pennsylvania: The Roles of Government Fragmentation vs. the Beaten Path Effect," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy . 38, 1:77-88.

Shrestha, Sundar S., Stephan J. Goetz, and Anil Rupasingha, 2007.  “Proprietorship Formations and US Job Growth," Review of Regional Studies . 27, 2:146-168.

Brasier, K.J., S.J. Goetz, L.A. Smith, M. Ames, J. Green, T. Kelsey, A. Rangarajan and W. Whitmer. 2007. “How Clusters of Agricultural Firms Affect Local Community Sustainability," Journal of the Community Development Society . 38, 3:8-22.

Goetz, Stephan J. and Hema Swaminathan. 2006.  “Wal-Mart and Family Poverty in US Counties," Social Sciences Quarterly , 83, 2: 211-225.