Dilemmas of Urban Economic Development: Issues in Theory and Practice

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Richard D. Bingham, Robert Mier
SAGE Publications, 1997 M04 14 - 344 pages
Is local economic development a "zero-sum game"? How do we know that "but for the incentives" the development would not have occurred? How important is "quality of life" in location decisions and local economic development? Is industry targeting a viable economic development strategy? This book tackles these and many other significant questionsùfrom more than one perspective. Dilemmas of Urban Economic Development assesses the "state of the art" of the field of urban economic development. Each chapter addresses a particularly pertinent issue in economic development. Following each chapter are commentariesùone written by an academic addressing research methodology and the other by a practitioner addressing both the question and the evidence. The chapters are concluded with the author of each chapter responding directly to the issues raised by the commentators. The result is a productive dialogue between academics, practitioners, and citizens concerned with economic development.

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Is Local Economic Development a ZeroSum Game?
A Comment on Incentives
How Do We Know That But for the Incentives

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