What Causes Spatial Variations in Economic Development in the United States?

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JunJie Wu

Oregon State University

Munisamy Gopinath

Oregon State University - Department of Applied Economics

Date Written: May 2008

Abstract

This article examines the causes of spatial disparities in economic development in the United States. A theoretical model is developed to analyze the location decisions of firms and households. An empirical model is estimated to quantify the contribution of alternative factors to spatial variations in wage, employment density, housing price, and land development density. Results suggest that remoteness is a primary cause of spatial disparities in economic development, while natural amenities are a major determinant of housing prices. Despite the dominant role of geography, public investments in infrastructure and human capital development could contribute to economic development in remote areas.

Keywords: amenities, development, economic geography, infrastructure, remoteness

Suggested Citation

Wu, JunJie and Gopinath, Munisamy, What Causes Spatial Variations in Economic Development in the United States? (May 2008). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 90, Issue 2, pp. 392-408, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3584657 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2007.01126.x

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