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Economic base theory and applied geography

  • Lay James Gibson
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Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 77)

Abstract

Economic base theory belongs to both economics and geography. The theory per se belongs to economics but it is geographers who have brought it to life by tieing it to real places and their economic landscapes. This paper identifies seven economic development problems commonly faced by development practitioners and illustrates how “best practice” solutions can be drawn from economic base studies. A number of studies are used to illustrate problems and approaches but two are featured; one is a regional economic base study that looks at both a large rural region and at five individual communities within the region. The other is a study of a single community that was initially completed in 1974 and replicated three times between 1974 and 1995.

Keywords

Transfer Payment Economic Base Retirement Income Applied Geography Engine Industry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lay James Gibson
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  1. 1.Department of Geography and Regional Development and Economic Development Research ProgramThe University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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