This research brief describes work documented in The Effects of Military Base Closures on Local Communities: A Short-Term Perspective (MR-667-OSD).

Excerpt: Communities surrounding California military bases that closed in the early 1990s have fared much better than state and local authorities predicted, with some experiencing little or no economic or population declines. The negative effects of base closures were highly localized, with little spillover into more distant areas.

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