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Title:The Regional Economic Effects of Commercial Passenger Air Service at Small Airports
Author(s):Warren, Drake Edward
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Isserman, Andrew M.
Department / Program:Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Discipline:Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Urban and Regional Planning
Abstract:I improve existing methods of regional analysis to achieve a rigorous understanding of the interaction between airport policies and regional economies. I use Self-Organizing Maps, an artificial neural network, to explore data and assess the feasibility of using matched control groups to balance variables across treatment and control groups. I modify Genetic Matching methods to create control groups balanced on a large number of variables and use quasi-experimental differences-in-differences models to examine how the economic effects of commercial passenger airports vary across counties. I find evidence that commercial passenger service has positive economic effects to the local economy, and smaller spillover effects to the larger region. Economic effects of higher quality service appear stronger, and these effects are dependent on the attributes of counties. The results support the hypothesis that a lack of regional coordination by policymakers creates suboptimal funding decisions.
Issue Date:2008
Description:414 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3337961
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2008

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