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Modeling Small Businss Growth, Migration behavior, and Household Income in Appalachia: A Spatial Simultaneous Equations Approach

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  • Gebremeskel Gebremariam

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    (Department of Economics, Virginia Tech)

  • Tesfa Gebremedhin

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    (Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University)

  • Peter Schaeffer

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    (Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University)

Abstract

In this paper, a spatial simultaneous equations model of business growth, migration behavior and median household income is empirically estimated. The empirical simultaneous model is developed from the equilibrium relationships among these variables where each variable is assumed to adjust to its equilibrium level with a substantial lag through a partial equilibrium adjustment process. We use Generalized Spatial Three-Stage Least Squares estimator to estimate the empirical model using data from 418 Appalachian counties for 1990-2000. The results suggest the existence of very strong interdependences among business growth, migration behavior and median household income in the form of feed-back simultaneities, spatial autoregressive lag simultaneities and spatial cross-regressive lag simultaneities.

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Paper provided by Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University in its series Working Papers with number 200608.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:rri:wpaper:200608

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Keywords: Appalachia; Simultaneous Model; Small Business; Migration; Household Income;

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  1. Thomas Aronsson & Johan Lundberg & Magnus Wikstrom, 2001. "Regional Income Growth and Net Migration in Sweden, 1970-1995," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(9), pages 823-830.
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