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Regional Income Studies Working Paper Series

Bi-State Development Research Institute:
Regional Income Studies Working Paper Series

An ongoing research collaboration between the Bi-State Development Corporation Research Institute and the East-West Gateway Council of Governments

Since 1980, average income levels in United States coastal regions have risen more quickly than income levels in the Midwest.  The Bi-State Development Research Institute and the East-West Gateway Council of Governments are collaboratively studying differences in income growth among metropolitan regions in the United States.  The goal of this study is to improve our understanding of the determinants of regional income growth, and to consider policy options aimed at reducing regional income disparities.  This website presents research on the topic of regional wage divergence.


Background Reading

East-west Gateway Council of Governments. St. Louis in the Global Economy:  The Last Half Century .  Introduction of Where We Stand, 7th edition, 2015.

Brian Feldman, The Real Reason Middle America Should Be Angry. March/April/May 2016.

Phillip Longman, Bloom and Bust .  Washington Monthly, November/December 2015.  


Working Papers

The Problem of Regional Wage Divergence.
John Posey, May 2016

Financialization, Corporate Consolidation and Inequality:  National Economic Trends since 1980.
John Posey, June, 2016.

Wage Divergence at Multiple Percentiles in the Income Distribution.
John Posey, June, 2016.