One of four reports examining the urban effects of federal policies. This report establishes a conceptual framework for policy impact analysis and reviews existing research. The various techniques for analyzing economic growth and employment location are assessed. The report also describes and evaluates empirical findings on the influence of population, labor, transportation, energy, local taxes, and public services. Federal policies that affect urban economic development through their influence on demand are distinguished from those that influence the price and availability of factors of production. Taking all these factors into consideration, the report recommends directions for future research.
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