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dc.contributor.authorWatts, Brad R.en_US
dc.contributor.authorErickcek, George A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorDuritsky, Jacoben_US
dc.contributor.authorO'Brien, Kevinen_US
dc.contributor.authorRobey, Claudetteen_US
dc.contributor.authorRobey, Jimen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper describes the completion of a 'comprehensive study of regionalism' that was conducted by a joint team of economists and economic development specialists for the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The project consisted of two main activities: an examination of the factors associated with economic development success and the creation of a practical interactive tool for EDA project assessment and comparison. Findings from surveys, interviews, and project case studies are discussed in terms of their support for a positive relationship between successful economic development efforts and factors such as leadership and private investment. Also, the authors discuss the creation of a quantitative assessment model utilizing well-known approaches such as economic impact multipliers and cluster theory. The primary contribution of this work to the existing body of EDA-focused research and evaluation literature is introducing a means of using standardized scores, also known as z-scores, to compare and assess economic development projects across both industries and regions.en_US
dc.publisher|aW.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research |cKalamazoo, MI
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aUpjohn Institute Working Paper |x09-155
dc.subject.keywordregional economic developmenten_US
dc.subject.keywordeconomic impacten_US
dc.subject.keywordassessment modelen_US
dc.titleWhat should EDA fund? Developing a model for pre-assessment of economic development investments
dc.typeWorking Paper

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