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Implicit Regional Economic Goals and Objectives: A Study of U.S. Development Programs

Peter Schaeffer, Randall Jackson () and Eric Bowwn ()
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Eric Bowwn: Bureau of Business and Economic Research, West Virgina University

No Working Paper 2018-06, Working Papers from Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University

Abstract: At the present time, U.S. regional economic development policies tend to be focused on sectors, infrastructure, human capital, innovation capability, or to be problem oriented, and only a few programs can be described as being place-based. In this paper, we are looking at major federal regional development programs to deduce their combined implicit place-based goals and objectives. Because the U.S. seems to be relatively unique among OECD countries in its scant use of place-based policies, we compare the United States to, in particular, Canada to gain further insights into the reasons for and potential effects of such policy differences.

Keywords: regional development; national policy; implicit goals (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O2 R0 L52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2018-06-07
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