This paper surveys economic research on the association between economic development and urban areas, links this summary to some important trends in economic outcomes in Appalachia in recent decades, highlights areas in need of future research on the role of urban areas as engines of economic development in Appalachia, and discusses what types of place-based policies might be effective to promote economic growth and development in the Appalachian region.
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Kahn, Matthew, "Cities, Economic Development, and the Role of Place-Based Policies: Lessons for Appalachia" (2009). University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research Discussion Paper Series. 62.