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Empirical Regional Economics
By Richard S. Conway Jr.

This textbook is an introduction to the field of regional economics for juniors, seniors, and graduate students majoring in economics, business, and geography. It should also appeal to anyone in the private or public sector who has an interest in gaining a better understanding of regional economic behavior and the practical methods of regional forecasting and analysis.

As the title indicates, the book has an empirical orientation, emphasizing the value of observation and testing in order to explain regional economic behavior. Theory, specifically the economic base theory of regional growth, plays an important role in this study, but it is only a starting point.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part presents the economic base theory of regional growth and the empirical evidence supporting it. The second part covers the specification and application of four increasingly complex regional economic models: the economic base model, the input-output model, the interindustry econometric model, and the structural time-series model. Lastly, the third part presents forty-eight regional economic case studies organized under seven headings: U.S. and World Economy, Regional Economic Behavior and Welfare, Urban and Rural Economies, Economic Cycles, Economic Policy, Regional Housing Market, and Regional Forecasting.

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