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The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewall in Kalamazoo


  • Michelle Miller-Adams

    (Grand Valley State University and W.E. Upjohn Institute)


In the first comprehensive account of the Kalamazoo Promise, Miller-Adams addresses both the potential and challenges inherent in place-based universal scholarship programs and explains why this unprecedented experiment in education-based economic renewal is being emulated by scores of citites and towns around the nation.

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  • Michelle Miller-Adams, 2009. "The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewall in Kalamazoo," Books from Upjohn Press, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, number pop, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:upj:ubooks:pop
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    1. Timothy J. Bartik & Marta Lachowska, 2014. "The Short-Term Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship on Student Outcomes," Research in Labor Economics,in: New Analyses of Worker Well-Being, volume 38, pages 37-76 Emerald Publishing Ltd.
    2. LeGower, Michael & Walsh, Randall, 2017. "Promise scholarship programs as place-making policy: Evidence from school enrollment and housing prices," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 101(C), pages 74-89.
    3. Michelle Miller-Adams & Bridget Timmeney, 2013. "The Impact of the Kalamazoo Promise on College Choice: An Analysis of Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center Graduates," Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles 2013-014, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
    4. Timothy J. Bartik & Nathan Sotherland, 2015. "Migration and Housing Price Effects of Place-Based College Scholarships," Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles 15-245, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
    5. Brad J. Hershbein, 2013. "A Second Look at Enrollment Changes after the Kalamazoo Promise," Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles 13-200, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

    More about this item


    regional economic development; community development; place-based policies; college scholarhips; kalamazoo; promise;

    JEL classification:

    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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