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Core-Periphery Economic Linkage: A Measure of Spread and Possible Backwash Effects for the Washington Economy

  • David W. Hughes
  • David W. Holland

Many questions regarding economic development should be viewed in a regional core-periphery framework. A core-periphery input-output model of the Washington state economy was constructed. The core region supplied the periphery with higher-order services while the periphery furnished the core with natural resource-based commodities. Weak backward linkages from major core industries to the periphery lead to rejection of the growth-pole theory tenet that core growth supports periphery growth. Economic growth in the periphery was felt more strongly in the core because periphery sectors with strong within-region effects generally had strong impacts in the core.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 70 (1994)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 364-377

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:70:y:1994:i:3:p:364-377
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