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Comparative advantages: creating synergy in community development


  • Robert Zdenek


The goal of this paper is to provide insights and tools to help community development practitioners, policymakers, funders, and other stakeholders better understand how to maximize the effectiveness and impact of different types of organizations at the local and regional level. Understanding your comparative advantages is critical to addressing complex community development initiatives from foreclosure prevention, to sustainable energy, to urban education, to job creation.

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  • Robert Zdenek, 2013. "Comparative advantages: creating synergy in community development," Community Development Investment Center Working Paper 2013-05, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfcw:2013-05

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    3. Ayseg├╝l Sahin & Sagiri Kitao & Anna Cororaton & Sergiu Laiu, 2011. "Why small businesses were hit harder by the recent recession," Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vol. 17(July).
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