University of Michigan Gateway Ford School

Seeking Michigan's Economic Transformation: Lessons from Pittsburgh and Beyond

George Fulton, Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, Department of Economics, University of Michigan

A CLOSUP Policy Research Grant Award (FY 2010).

Abstract:
The intent of the research project is to seek explanations of why some deindustrializing regions of the country, such as Pittsburgh, have been relatively more successful in re-making their economies than other regions, such as Detroit. A particular focus is on identifying factors underlying success, including the role of research universities in the region, and whether any lessons can help guide longer-term economic development policies in Michigan.

The crux of the study will be analytical and data intensive, involving economic modeling and estimation to identify factors that explain and predict economic behavior of metropolitan areas, including those in Michigan. Other parts of the study will be more descriptive.

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