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Author Wolman, Harold, author

Title Coping with adversity : regional economic resilience and public policy / Harold Wolman, Howard Wial, Travis St. Clair, and Edward Hill
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 267 pages)
Contents Shocks and regional economic resilience -- Chronic distress and regional economic resilience -- Regions that lacked resilience -- Resilient regions -- How well do policies to achieve resilience work : policies directed toward business and individuals -- How well do policies to achieve resilience work : policies directed toward public goods, institutions, and leadership -- Conclusion, summary and policy implications : can regional economic development policies make a difference?
Summary Coping with Adversity addresses the question of why some metropolitan-area regional economies are resilient in the face of economic shocks and chronic distress while others are not. It is particularly concerned with what public policies make a difference in whether a region is resilient. The authors employ a wide range of techniques to examine the experience of all metropolitan area economies from 1978-2014. They then look closely at six American metropolitan areas to determine what strategies were employed, which of these contributed to regional economic resilience, and which did not. Charlotte, North Carolina, Seattle, Washington, and Grand Forks, North Dakota, are cases of economic resilience, while Cleveland, Ohio, Hartford, Connecticut, and Detroit, Michigan, are cases of economic nonresilience. The six case studies include hard data on employment, production, and demographics, as well as material on public policies and actions. The authors conclude that there is little that can done in the short term to counter economic shocks; most regions simply rebound naturally after a relatively short period of time. However, they do find that many regions have successfully emerged from periods of prolonged economic distress and that there are policies that can be applied to help them do so. Coping with Adversity will be important reading for all those concerned with local and regional economic development, including public officials, urban planners, and economic developers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 12, 2017)
Subject Financial crises -- United States.
Urban policy -- United States.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 20th century -- Regional disparities.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 21st century -- Regional disparities.
United States -- Economic policy -- 20th century.
United States -- Economic policy -- 21st century.
Form Electronic book
Author Hill, Edward W., author
St. Clair, Travis, author
Wial, Howard, author
LC no. 2017022715
ISBN 1501709496 (electronic book)
9781501709494 (electronic book)