The Effect of Local Economic Development Policy on Employment Growth in Rural Counties in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Ilvento, Thomas W.
Hastings, Steven E.
Department of Food and Resource Economics
This paper analyzes the role of local economic development strategies on employment. Data were collected on employment changes in 146 nonmetro counties along with a survey of economic development offices (99 surveys, 67.8%). Using OLS, results show that counties that increased economic development emphasis had higher employment growth.
The research objective of this paper is to examine the effect of the local economic development activities of nonmetro counties in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia on local employment growth.
Employment , Non-metro , Region , Economic development