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Perplexity, Complexity, Metroplexity, Microplexity: Perspectives for Future Research on Regional Growth and Change

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  • Plane, David A.

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In this paper I make some summarizing comments regarding the papers in this special issue. I argue that we have entered a product-specialization stage in regional science scholarship and that there may now be a need for some broad synthesizing research such as that characteristic of earlier years of the research venture. I contend that studies of regional growth and development constitute the highest form of the regional scientist's art. And I argue for greater consideration to be given to disaggregating our variables by demographics and paying greater attention to geographic units and scales. In that spirit, I present some information about the forthcoming new system of Core-Based Statistical Areas. I use an experimental version of the new system of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas to illustrate some urban-scale effects evident in recent county-level growth trends.

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  • Plane, David A., 2003. "Perplexity, Complexity, Metroplexity, Microplexity: Perspectives for Future Research on Regional Growth and Change," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 33(1), pages 104-120.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:33:y:2003:i:1:p:104-20
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    1. John M. Quigley, 1998. "Urban Diversity and Economic Growth," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 12(2), pages 127-138, Spring.
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    1. Mihai Nica, 2004. "Convergence in Mississippi: A Spatial Approach," Urban/Regional 0408007, EconWPA.
    2. Mario Polese & Richard Shearmur, 2006. "Growth and Location of Economic Activity: The Spatial Dynamics of Industries in Canada 1971-2001," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 37(3), pages 362-395.

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    Keywords

    Regional Growth; Regional;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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