Social and political unease surrounding the wide differences in regional economic performance has troubled Americans for more than a generation. While geographic variation in economic growth is not new, it appears more pronounced today than in the recent past. Our interest in these issues reflects a growing concern that the geographic and education level concentration of labor market shocks have the potential to be far worse in the immediate future than in past decades. In this session we will explore the probability of job loss to offshoring and to automation at the county level. We will also explore the challenges at the community level as these changes occur.
Emily Wornell, PhD, Ball State University