A collection of publications on economic development topics, authored or co-authored by Center staff and/or partners.

NERCRD COVID-19 Issues Briefs

The NERCRD is releasing a series of issues briefs in response to the COVID-19 crisis, designed to provide information quickly or stimulate discussion. They have not undergone regular peer review. Any opinions are solely those of the authors.

Latent Innovation in Local Economies

By Stephan J. Goetz and Yicheol Han. Published in Research Policy, March 2020.

Explaining the spatial variation in American life expectancy

By Elizabeth A. Dobis, Heather M. Stephens, Mark Skidmore, and Stephan J. Goetz. Published in Social Science and Medicine, Volume 246, February 2020.

Advances in the Economic Analysis of Food System Drivers and Effects

A collection of papers published in a special issue of Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (Volume 48 - Special Issue 3 - December 2019). These papers were originally presented at a pre-conference workshop organized by the Northeast Center that took place in conjunction with the 2018 Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association conference.

The Role of Craft Breweries in Expanding (Local) Hop Production

By Elizabeth A. Dobis, Neil Reid, Claudia Schmidt, and Stephan J. Goetz. Published in the Journal of Wine Economics, November 2019.

Measuring Industry Co-Location across County Borders

By Zheng Tian, Paul D. Gottlieb, and Stephan J. Goetz. Published in Spatial Economic Analysis, October 21, 2019.

Strengthening Economic Resilience in the Appalachian Region

"Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachia" is a study identifying factors common across communities experiencing persistent economic growth in the aftermath of the 2008 Recession and other economic disruptions. The research was conducted by Downstream Strategies, Dialogue + Design and Associates, the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, and West Virginia University, on behalf of the Appalachian Regional Commission. The research includes a statistical analysis of key factors common to economic resilience. A companion Guidebook for Practitioners offers additional insight that can inform economic development strategies across Appalachia. Published in 2019.

The Intergenerational Persistence of Self-Employment across China’s Planned Economy Era

By Minghao Li and Stephan J. Goetz. Published in the Journal of Labor Economics, October 2019.

Measuring network rewiring over time

by Yicheol Han Stephan J. Goetz. Published in PLOS ONE, July 24, 2019

Firm and Regional Economic Outcomes Associated with a New, Broad Measure of Business Innovation

By Brian E. Whitacre, Devon Meadowcroft, and Roberto Gallardo. Published in Entrepreneurship & Regional Development,

Excess Competition among Food Hubs

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By Rebecca Cleary, Stephan J. Goetz, Dawn Thilmany McFadden, and Houtian Ge. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 44(1):141–163. (Links to PDF.)

Financial Impact of Penn State Extension’s Know Your Numbers Dairy Program

By Aaron Berger, Timothy W. Kelsey, Stephan J. Goetz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., and Virginia A. Ishler. Published in Journal of Extension, 2019.

Predicting US county economic resilience from industry input-output accounts

By Yicheol Han and Stephan J. Goetz. Published in Applied Economics October 30, 2018. DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2018.1539806

Explaining the 2016 Vote for President Trump across U.S. Counties

By Stephan J. Goetz, Meri Davlasheridze, Yicheol Han, and David A. Fleming-Muñoz. Published online in Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy, October 10, 2018.

The Effect of Mental Health on U.S. County Economic Growth

By Meri Davlasheridze, Stephan Goetz, Yicheol Han. Published in Review of Regional Studies, Vol 48 No 2 (2018).

Intergenerational mobility of low‐income youth in metropolitan and non‐metropolitan America: A spatial analysis

By Bruce Weber, J. Matthew Fannin, Kathleen Miller, and Stephan Goetz. Published in Regional Science Policy and Practice, June 20, 2018.

Outcomes and Economic Benefits of Penn State Extension’s Dining With Diabetes Program

By Debra Griffie, Lynn James, Stephan Goetz, Brandon Balotti, Yau-Huo Shr, Marilyn Corbin, Timothy W. Kelsey. Published in Preventing Chronic Disease, May 3, 2018.

Where do entrepreneurs get information? An analysis of twitter-following patterns

By Yasuyuki Motoyama, Stephan Goetz, and Yicheol Han. Published in Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, March 15 2018.

Optimal locations of fresh produce aggregation facilities in the United States with scale economies

By Houtian Ge, Stephan Goetz, Patrick Canning, and Agnes Perez. Published in International Journal of Production Economics, March 2018.

The Economic Status of Rural America in the President Trump Era and beyond

By Stephan J. Goetz, Mark D. Partridge, and Heather M. Stephens. Published in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, February 16, 2018.

Human Capital and Intergenerational Mobility in U.S. Counties

By Minghao Li, Stephan J. Goetz, Bruce Weber. Published in Economic Development Quarterly, February 16, 2018.

Farm business financial performance in local foods value chains

By Mary Clare Ahearn, Kathleen Liang, Stephan Goetz. Published in Agricultural Finance Review, February 6, 2018.

Store profitability and public policies to improve food access in non-metro U.S. counties

By Rebecca Cleary, Alessandro Bonanno, Lauren Chenarides, and Stephan J. Goetz. Published in Food Policy, February 2018.

Health Insurance and National Farm Policy

By Shoshanah Inwood, Alana Knudson, Florence A. Becot, Bonnie Braun, Stephan J. Goetz, Jane M. Kolodinsky, Scott Loveridge, Katlyn Morris, Jason Parker, Bob Parsons, Rachel Welborn , and Don E. Albrecht. Published in Choices Magazine, January-March 2018.

Explaining Spatial Disparities in Drug Overdoses, 1970-2014

By Stephan J. Goetz and Meri Davlasheridze. Presented at the joint meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting, January 5-7, 2018, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Effects of scale economies and production seasonality on optimal hub locations: The case of regional fresh produce aggregation

By Houtian Ge, Patrick Canning, Stephan J. Goetz, and Agnes Perez. Published in Agricultural Economics, December 19, 2017.

Overlapping labour market areas based on link communities

By Yicheol Han and Stephan J. Goetz. Published in Papers in Regional Science, October 11, 2017.

The interactive effects of human capital and quality of life on economic growth

By Qin Fan, Stephan J. Goetz, and Jiaochen Liang. Published in Applied Economics, Volume 48, 2016 - Issue 53. (Access may be limited.) Published online May 19, 2017.

Overlapping labour market areas based on link communities

By Yicheol Han and Stephan J. Goetz. Published in Papers in Regional Science, January 2017.

The Roles of Agricultural Economists in Food System Research

Written by Stephan J. Goetz and published May 31, 2016 in Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. Abstract: Public interest in food systems has grown dramatically, and agricultural economists have important roles to play in contributing to and leading large-scale interdisciplinary studies of the subject. Key topics include understanding food system participants' behaviors and incentives and determining what food systems can and cannot achieve. I review a global food-security project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture that illustrates the interactions between production, distribution, and consumption of food and regional self-reliance, as well as other important areas in which agricultural and regional economists can gainfully apply their tools and methods, including studies of the impacts of local food and network analyses.