A previous version of this paper was presented at the 2003 meetings of the Western Regional Science Association, February 26–March 1, in Rio Rico, Arizona.
Urban, Suburban, and Exurban Sprawl in the Rocky Mountain West: Evidence from Regional Adjustment Models*
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2005
Journal of Regional Science
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 21–48, February 2005
How to Cite
Carruthers, J. I. and Vias, A. C. (2005), Urban, Suburban, and Exurban Sprawl in the Rocky Mountain West: Evidence from Regional Adjustment Models. Journal of Regional Science, 45: 21–48. doi: 10.1111/j.0022-4146.2005.00363.x
Special thanks to Gordon Mulligan for his exceptional mentoring and to Michael Luger, Marlon Boarnet, and the three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions.
- Issue published online: 27 JAN 2005
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2005
- Received March 2003; revised January 2004; accepted May 2004.
Abstract. This article adapts a regional adjustment model to examine land use change in the Rocky Mountain West region of the United States. Three interrelated questions motivate the research. How does the proliferation of urban, suburban, and exurban sprawl in the Rocky Mountain West relate to the population and employment growth process? Are population and employment endogenously determined there? And what does this imply for the sustainability of economic development in the region? Through a series of regional adjustment models, the empirical analysis links population and employment growth in the Rocky Mountain West to explicit spatial outcomes and delivers substantive evidence of endogeneity between the two. The results suggest that the long-term prosperity of the region depends on the preservation of the high quality of life it offers, and that greater intergovernmental coordination, careful infrastructure planning, and attention to the character of its economic structure may help to accomplish this. Future research should focus on looking deeper into certain explanatory variables used in this analysis and on developing a better picture of what the spatial equilibrium that regional adjustment models emulate may look like.