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Working Papers

The working paper series is aimed at providing an outlet for GW researchers to make completed research or works in progress available. Click the links to display the publications.

Working Paper 052 - National Fiscal Policy and Local Government During the Economic Crisis. Hal Wolman. George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP). March, 2014.

Working Paper 051 - Explaining the Economic Competitiveness of the District of Columbia. Garry Young, Alice Levy, Hal Wolman. George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP). September, 2012.

Working Paper 050 - Undocumented College Students in the United States: In-State Tuition Not Enough to Ensure Four-Year Degree Completion. Dylan Conger. February 19, 2013.

Working Paper 049 - Economic Development Policy Making Networks in the Cleveland and Detroit Regions. Sarah Ficenec. George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP). Draft December, 2012.

Working Paper 048 - Activation and reform in the United States: What time has told. Theresa Anderson, Katharine Kairys, and Michael Wiseman. George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP). Draft, July 1, 2011.

Working Paper 046 - Regional Systems and Regional Economic Growth: A Systems Approach to Understanding the Regional Economy. Hal Wolman and Andrea Sarzynski. George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP). Draft June, 2011.

Working Paper 045- Building Economic Development Networks in Detroit: A Comparison of Methods of Social Network Analysis. Sarah Ficenec. George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP). Draft December, 2012.

Working Paper 044- Government, Governance, and Regional Economic Growth. Hal Wolman and Alice Levy. George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP). Draft April, 2011.

Working Paper 043- Building Regional Economic Resilience: What Can We Learn from Other Fields. Sarah V. Ficenec. George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP). Draft December, 2011.

Working Paper 042- Cluster and Cluster-Based Development: A Literature Review and Policy Discussion. Hal Wolman and Diana Hincapie. George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP). Draft December 17th, 2010.

Working Paper 041 - Spatial Efficiency and Regional Prosperity: A Literature Review and Policy Discussion. Andrea Sarzynski and Alice Levy. George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP). Draft August 16, 2010.

Working Paper 040 - Economic Shocks and Regional Economic Resilience. Edward Hill, Travis St. Clair, Howard Wial, Hal Wolman, Pat Atkins, Pamela Blumenthal, Sarah Ficenec, Alec Friedhoff, for Brookings, George Washington University, Urban Institute, Building Resilient Region Project conference on Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects: Building Resilient Regions. Washington, DC, May 20-21, 2010.

Working Paper 039 - The Adoption of Solar Energy Financial Incentives Across the States, 1974‐2007. Garry Young, Andrea Sarzynski, November 2009.

Working Paper 038 -Policy Transfer: What We Know About What Transfers, How It Happens, and How to Do It. Hal Wolman, October 2009.

Working Paper 037 - Democracy Workshop Pilot Report. Robert Stoker, Eric Lawrence, Wilhelmine Miller, Lori Brainard, and John Dryzek, January 2009.

Working Paper 036 - Poverty in the US and the UK: Relative Measurement and Relative Achievement. Rebecca Shwalb and Michael Wiseman, December 2008.

Working Paper 035 - Comparing Local Government Autonomy Across States. By Hal Wolman, Robert McManmon, Michael Bell, and David Brunori.

Working Paper 034 - Economic Competitiveness and the Determinants of Sub-National Area Economic Activity. Hal Wolman, Alice Levy, Garry Young, and Pamela Blumenthal, September 2008.

Working Paper 033 - Literature Review on the Determinants of Residential Employment. Alice Levy, Robert Darst, Hal Wolman, and Garry Young, October 2008.

Working Paper 032 - Understanding the Economic Performance of Metropolitan Areas in the United States. Pamela Blumenthal, Edward (Ned) Hill, and Hal Wolman, January 2008.

Working Paper "States and Their Cities: Partnerships for the Future." Hal Wolman, Ned Hill, Patricia Atkins, Pamela Blumenthal, Leah Beth Curran, Kimberly Furdell, Jo Anne Schneider, and Elaine Weiss, 2007.

Working Paper 031 - Local Democratic Governance: What Is It and How Do We Manage It? Michael Bell, February 2007.

Working Paper 030 - Capital Cities and their National Governments: Washington, DC in Comparative Retrospective. Hal Wolman, Jan Chadwick, Anna Karruz, Julia Friedman, Garry Young, July 2007.

Working Paper 029 - What Explains Central City Performance? Hal Wolman, Ned Hill (Cleveland State University), Pat Atkins, Pamela Blumenthal, Kimberly Furdell, and Elaine Weiss, February 2007 (revised)

Working Paper 028 - State and Local Infrastructure Financing, Mike Bell, David Brunori, Royce Hanson, Chanyong Choi, Lori Metcalf, and Bing Yuan, November 2005

Working Paper 027 - The Property Tax: Its Role and Significance in Funding State and Local Government Services, David Brunori, Richard Green, Michael Bell, Chanyung Choi, Bing Yuan, March 2006

Working Paper 026 - State and Local Fiscal Policy and Economic Growth and Development Michael Bell, David Brunori, Richard Green, Hal Wolman, Joe Cordes, Tanya Qadir , August 2005

Working Paper 025 - State and Local Fiscal Trends and Future Threats, David Brunori, Michael E. Bell, Harold Wolman, Patricia Atkins, Joseph J. Cordes, and Bing Yuan, July 2005

Working Paper 024 - Active Living and Biking: Tracing the Evolution of a Biking System in Arlington, Virginia, Garry Young and Royce Hanson, March 2006

Working Paper 023 - Lessons and Limits: Tax Incentives and Rebuilding the Gulf Coast after Katrina, Robert P. Stoker (GWIPP) and Michael J. Rich, August 2006

Working Paper 022 - Estimating Economic Impacts Of Homeland Security Measures, Joseph J. Cordes, Anthony Yezer, Garry Young, Mary Catherine Foreman and Charlotte Kirschner

Working Paper 021 - Toward Understanding Urban Pathology: Creating a Typology of 'Weak Market' Cities, Kimberly Furdell and Hal Wolman, April 2006

Working Paper 020 - Explaining City Performance: how Important is State Policy? Pamela Blumenthal, Kimberly Furdell, Elaine Weiss, and Hal Wolman, April 2006

Working Paper 019 - Intrametropolitan Area Revenue Raising Disparities and Equities, Patricia Atkins, Leah Curran, Michael Bell, Harold Wolman, and Joseph Cordes, November 2005

Working Paper 018 - Economic Well-being and Where We Live: Accounting for Geographic Cost-of-living Differences, Leah Curran, Harold Wolman, Edward W. (Ned) Hill and Kimberly Furdell, April 2005

Working Paper 017 - An Analysis of Fiscal Policies in the Sudan: A Pro-poor Perspective - A Discussion Draft, Medani M. Ahmed, Rahamtalla Ali Babiker and Michael E. Bell, July 2004

Working Paper 016 - State Policy Effects on Urban Performance , Kimberly Furdell Hal Wolman, Ned HIll, and Elaine Weiss, April 2005

Working Paper 015 - All Centers Are Not Equal: An Exploration of the Polycentric Metropolis, Andrea Sarzynski, Royce Hanson, Hal Wolman, and Michael McGuire , April 2005

Working Paper 014 - Does the Community Reinvestment Act Help Minorities Access Traditionally Inaccessible Neighborhoods?, Samantha Friedman and Gregory D. Squires, July 2004

Working Paper 013 - Testing the Conventional Wisdom about Land Use and Traffic Congestion: The More We Sprawl, the Less We Move?, Andrea Sarzynski, Hal Wolman, George Galster , and Royce Hanson, March 2005

Working Paper 012 - Community Building and a Human-Capital Agenda in Hampton, Virginia: A Case Analysis of the Policy Process in a Medium-Size City, Clarence Stone and Donn Worgs, July 2004

Working Paper 011 - The Government of Sudan: Intergovernmental Policies and Issues, Michael E. Bell and Medani M. Ahmed, February 2005

Working Paper 010 - Fiscal Decentralization In The Sudan: Concepts And Challenges, Michael E. Bell and Medani M. Ahmed, February 2005

Working Paper 008 - Recommendations for the Design of the Federal Docket Management System, Cary Coglianese, Stuart Shapiro, and Steven J. Balla, November 2004

Working Paper 007 - The High Performance Bonus , Michael Wiseman, October 2004

Working Paper 006 - Thin the Soup or Shorten the Line: Choices Facing Washington Area Nonprofits, Patricia Atkins, Mallory Barg, and Joseph Cordes, and Martha Ross, March 2004

Working Paper 005 - Have central cities come back?, Kimberly Furdell, Edward W. (Ned) Hill, and Harold Wolman

Working Paper 004 - The Impact of Family Homeownership on Children's Educational Attainment and Earnings During Early Adulthood, George Galster, Nancy Gardner, Marv Mandell, Dave E. Marcotte, and Harold Wolman

Working Paper 003 - Cities and State Legislatures: Changing Coalitions and the Metropolitan Agenda, Harold Wolman, Todd Swanstrom, Margaret Weir, & Nicholas Lyon

Working Paper 002 - Privileged Place: Race, Uneven Development and the Geography of Opportunity in Urban America, Gregory Squires & Charis Kubrin (completed version available in the January 2005 issue of Urban Studies (Vol. 42, No. 1, 47–68).

Working Paper 001 - Racing up to the Bottom: Work and Welfare in the US, Robert P. Stoker & Laura A. Wilson