AbstractIn this paper, I study long-run population changes across U.S. metropolitan areas. First, I argue that changes over a long period of time in the geographic distribution of population can be informative about the so-called \resilience" of regions. Using the censuses of population from 1790 to 2010, I find that persistent declines, lasting two decades or more, are somewhat rare among metropolitan areas in U.S. history, though more common recently. Incorporating data on historical factors, I find that metropolitan areas that have experienced extended periods of weak population growth tend to be smaller in population, less industrially diverse, and less educated. These historical correlations inform the construction of a regional resilience index.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) in its series Working Papers with number 2013/22.
Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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City growth; metropolitan areas; persistence;
Other versions of this item:
- N91 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913
- N92 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-
- R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
- R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
- R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
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- NEP-ALL-2013-08-10 (All new papers)
- NEP-GEO-2013-08-10 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-HIS-2013-08-10 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-URE-2013-08-10 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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