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Title:Does the business cycle matter for convergence testing? Evidence from U.S. commuting zone level data, 1973-2007
Author(s):Yu, Chenxi
Advisor(s):Hewings, Geoffrey J. D.
Department / Program:Urban & Regional Planning
Discipline:Regional Planning
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
normal growth period
recession-recovery period
business /innovation cycle
spatial spillover
Abstract:This research investigated regional growth patterns under different economic environments. Based on the varying innovation capacities that occur at different stages of the business cycle, I hypothesize that in the more advanced stages of regional development, regional income inequality increases during a normal growth period and decreases during a recession-recovery period. I tested this hypothesis with U.S. per capita income data from 1973 to 2007. This study found evidence supporting the hypothesis: under normal growth periods, regional convergence rate is lower; while during recession-recovery periods, regional convergence rate is higher. This study also found that the overall trend of the convergence rate was decreasing.
Issue Date:2012-02-06
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Yu Chenxi
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-02-06
Date Deposited:2011-12

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