Chester Rapkin Award for Best Paper in JPER
13 November 2013
The Chester Rapkin Award for Volume 32 of the Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER) was recently awarded to T. William Lester (Ph.D. '09) for his paper, “Labor Standards and Local Economic Development—Do Living Wage Provisions Harm Economic Growth?” (Vol. 32, Issue 3). A committee appointed by the editors of JPER selected the best paper in the previous volume of the journal, and the annual award includes a cash grant supported by an endowment at the University of Illinois Foundation in Urbana. Lester’s paper considers the effect that including wage standards in economic development policies has on employment levels and redevelopment activities. The award will be presented at the 2014 ACSP conference in Philadelphia. Bill Lester is Assistant Professor with the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill and specializes in economic development.