Paige A. Clayton

Paige Clayton is Assistant Professor of Economic Development in Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning. She earned her PhD from the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2020. At UNC, Dr. Clayton received the Nancy W. Stegman Fellowship and Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. She is also a researcher at CREATE Prosperity, an economic development research center of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Her research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, economic development, and science and technology policy. She is from Atlanta, Georgia and graduated with high honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Georgia Tech, Dr. Clayton received the Liam Rattray Award and the Provost Undergraduate Research Award.

Her three essay dissertation contributes understanding of how industries develop in a geographically defined ecosystem, how entrepreneurial support organizations provide resources to start-ups that help new firms survive, and how technological diffusion occurs across different types of organizations (public and private) and locations.