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Micropolitan areas as unique economic regions

Joan Carol Lubischer, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The Office of Management and Budget has divided America into metropolitan, micropolitan and noncore areas for statistical purposes. While these designations are strictly for statistical purposes, it is a recognized fact that various policies have used these same designations. Thus, the new micropolitan designation is important for policy purposes. Industrial structure will be used to determine to what extent metropolitan, micropolitan and noncore areas developed similar industrial structures in the past, how metropolitan, micropolitan and noncore areas are similar today, and whether future growth prospects differ between metropolitan, micropolitan and noncore areas. Industrial structure will be evaluated using a diversity index to analyze the overall industrial structure, location quotients as a proxy for past development, and the competitive effect portion of shift-share analysis as a measure of recent competitive effect and hopefully future competitive growth trajectories. Finally, the Spearman's Rank Correlation will be used to analyze recent growth of metropolitan, micropolitan and noncore areas.^

Subject Area

Geography|Economics, General

Recommended Citation

Lubischer, Joan Carol, "Micropolitan areas as unique economic regions" (2006). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3237052.