Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Economics
Neil Moisey, Thomas Power
employment, population, regional adjustment models, regional development, wilderness
University of Montana
This paper examines the role of protected land on population and employment growth in the eleven Western States, which is an important issue in many counties that have high levels of federally owned land. A Carlino and Mills regional adjustment model is used to examine how these land management policies affect the local population and employment opportunities. This model assumes simultaneity in population and employment, so a two-stage least squares regression is used. The empirical evidence suggests that population is attracted to land with a conservation mandate, and that this population increases employment. There is also additional evidence that employment opportunities increase as a direct result of protected landscapes. In addition to these primary findings, population was attracted to a more diverse set of conservation land in the 1990s than the 1980s, but the positive effect of conservation land on employment decreased in the 1990s. Nonetheless, there is no evidence that any sector of employment is harmed by land management policies with a conservation mandate.
Silbaugh, Matthew Larson, "EVALUATING THE EFFECTS OF WILDERNESS ON POPULATION AND EMPLOYMENT GROWTH IN THE ELEVEN WESTERN STATES" (2007). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 396.
© Copyright 2007 Matthew Larson Silbaugh