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17 NOV 2023 (FRI) 15:00-15:15

HKU GEOGRAPHY: Monthly Research Talks

Policy Diffusion in Regional Evolution: A Study of the CEDS Program

Date: 17 NOV 2023 (Friday)

Time: 15:00-15:15 (HKT)

(No registration required)



This study investigates both the adoption pattern and the efficacy of a particular economic development policy in the US context. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a planning framework that is required of any US development district that wants to qualify for funding from the Economic Development Administration. CEDS resemble medium-term plans, that chart out a program of development activities. The spatial-temporal variation of CEDS adoption, as well as the full availability of data on adoptions makes it possible to investigate how the diffusion of regional economic development policy is related to regional development itself. Results show that the program is accessed more by ‘have’ communities than those ‘left behind’, suggesting that a key place-based development program may be falling short of its goals.

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, HKU



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