Economic Resilience

Exploring why some regions bounce back from economic shocks and others do not.

Key Publications
Regional Economic Capacity, Economic Shocks, and Economic Resilience
Regional Economic Capacity, Economic Shocks, and Economic ResilienceRead more
Buddy, Can You Spare Some Time? Social Inclusion and Sustained Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions
Buddy Can You Spare Some Time? Social Inclusion and Sustained Prosperity in AmericaRead more
Homogenized Diversity: Economic Visions in the Great Recession
Homogenized Diversity: Economic Visions in the Great RecessionRead more
Capacity or Equity? Federal Funding Competition Across and Within Regions
Capacity or Equity? Federal Funding Competition Across and Within RegionsRead more
Governance and the Geography of Poverty: Why Does Suburbanization Matter?
Governance and the Geography of Poverty: Why Does Suburbanization Matter? Read more
Key Questions
  • How can regional economies become more resilient?
  • How do regions that face economic shocks recover?


Key Findings

  • Regions focused on manufacturing and with a poorly educated population are both more likely to suffer from and rebound quickly  from an economic downturn.
  • Regions that have many export industries are more resilient to employment downturns.
  • The greater the income gaps between rich and poor, the more likely the region is to lose jobs during economic shocks and the longer it will take to recover.  Yet, it is also more resilient to downturns in gross metropolitan product.
  • Responding with new policies after a regional downturn is less effective than insulating a region against downturns.