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The rural investment climate: analysis and findings

Interest in investment climates has emerged relatively recently. In the 1960s and 1970s, governments in many countries believed they should play a direct role in rural credit, input supply, production, trade, transport, distribution, and even marketing. However, in the 1980s and 1990s, government-dominated systems fell...
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A Case Study Approach to Understanding Regional Resilience

The purpose of this paper is to explore how such questions and concepts of resilience may apply in the complex setting of a metropolitan region, that is, to understand what we'll call "regional resilience." How might regions, like individuals, adapt to adversity and stress? What...
Journal article

A hedonic analysis of state and local fiscal policy on nonmetropolitan economic

Scope and Method of Study . Following the quality-of-life hedonic pricing approach of Rosen (1979) and Roback (1982) as extended to fiscal conditions by Gyourko and Tracy (1989; 1991), this paper examines how state and local government taxes and expenditures affect the location decisions of...
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A model for regional technology-based economic development

Technology-based economic development has been a highly sought-after objective for regions in developed and developing countries alike. The wealth created by regional knowledge-based economies like Silicon Valley is an attractive outcome. Without understanding cluster-based economic strategy, the different types of technology-based economic development approaches, the...
Journal article

A new generation: Toward sustainable community in Pennsylvania's rural landscape

With the increasing rate of land development, consumption of natural resources, and destruction of ecosystems in the United States today, it is crucial to investigate sustainable alternatives to current development practices and patterns of settlement. This thesis proposes strategies for environmentally responsible land use and...
Journal article

A spatial simultaneous growth equilibrium modeling of agricultural land development in the Northeast United States

With population growth and expansion of economic activities, urbanized places have expanded; and with growing per capita income, residential location preferences have shifted towards suburban and rural locations. In many places, such new growth has been accommodated with the development of agricultural lands. The concern...
Journal article

Challenges for maintaining sustainable agricultural systems in the United States

During the 20th century, US agriculture underwent vast transformations. The number of farmers has decreased, more farmers are relying on off-farm income, agriculture's proportion of the US GDP has declined, and a minority of non-metro counties in the US are farming dependent. Agriculture's evolution will...
Journal article

An analysis of amenity-led rural economic development in northeast region: A spatial simultaneous equations approach

In a matter of just a few decades, the economic landscape of rural America has changed in fundamental ways. Industries onceconsidered the backbone of rural economies have been transformed by globalization and marketing. Others, such as tourism and amenity-based economies or the service sector, have...
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Analysis of constraints to water marketing and an evaluation of select techniques to facilitate market-based reallocations

Water shortages are a frequent occurrence in some river basins in the American West. With growing water demand in many of these basins, competition over water resources is intensifying. Water marketing is one method of easing the strain over water; those with water rights can...
Journal article

Analysis of Public-Private Partnerships in Transportation Infrastructure Investment and Managementt

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the infrastructure sector are agreements where private parties willingly agree to share responsibility with government agencies for (a subset of the following activities:) investment, finance, design, construction, renovation, maintenance, management, or operation of transportation facilities, e.g., roads, bridges, airports, parking facilities...