Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Economic disparity in Appalachia: An examination of accessibility and policy factors
by Rock, Amy E., Ph.D., Kent State University, 2013, 266; 3618933
Abstract (Summary)

Current economic development policy is unevenly effective across Appalachia. At the root of this policy is the annual determination of County Economic Status, a metric intended to measure performance in relation to the rest of the nation. This designation, calculated from income, unemployment and poverty data, is deeply flawed. Understanding how public investment and economic accessibility interact can yield improved results when implementing development policies and funding initiatives aimed at the region. Failure to recognize the assets and challenges unique to the region, coupled with an imperfect understanding of the regional interactions between local economies, have led to mis-targeted programs and unsatisfactory results.

A comprehensive examination of how public and private facilities interact to improve the overall well-being of a region in terms of the spatial patterns of accessibility and investment can increase understanding of the role of public investment in Appalachia, and improve program targeting. An economic accessibility model is generated and evaluated at the community level, and evaluated in conjunction with public investment practices, to uncover important information about the effectiveness of development efforts and the evolution of economic regions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kaplan, David H.
Commitee: Anderson, Timothy, Hoornbeek, John, Kaplan, David, Munro-Stasiuk, Mandy
School: Kent State University
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Area Planning and Development, Geography, Regional Studies, Public policy
Keywords: ARC policy, Appalachia, Appalachian regional commission, Economic accessibility, Economic development, Economic disparity, Public funding
Publication Number: 3618933
ISBN: 978-1-303-87490-1
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