Measuring the energy consumption of China’s domestic investment from 1992 to 2007

Submitted by Selene Victor on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 11:29am

In this study, we first define the energy consumption of domestic investment as the investment-driven
energy consumption (IDEC). Then, we build an energy input–output model to identify quantitatively
the amounts of China’s IDEC from 1992 to 2007. We also use the model to analyze the sector distributions
of the IDEC for the same time period. The key findings derived from this study improve the understanding
of the effects of China’s domestic investment on its energy consumption expansion and reflect the fact

Reading Through A Plan: A visual theory of what plans mean and how they innovate

Submitted by Brent D. Ryan on Fri, 10/19/2012 - 12:04pm

Planners may read plans often, but the profession continues to view the interpretation of plan content as something that is either too obvious or too unimportant to require explicit discussion. Plans are seldom adequately interpreted. This is regrettable because plans contain a rich variety of content and meaning.

Despite Obstacles, Considerable Potential Exists for More Robust Federal Policy on Community Development and Health

Submitted by Xavier de Souza Briggs on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 2:44pm

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Obama administration’s urban policy create an opportunity to link community development with health in new and powerful ways. New federal programs, such as the Affordable Care Act’s Community Transformation Grants, seek to prevent death and disability through policy, environmental, programmatic, and infrastructure changes. But fragmented congressional jurisdiction and budget “scoring” rules pose challenges to needed reform.

Struggling to stay out of high-poverty neighborhoods: housing choice and locations in moving to opportunity's first decade

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 4:28pm

Improving locational outcomes emerged as a major policy hope for the nation's largest low-income housing program over the past two decades, but a host of supply and demand-side barriers confront rental voucher users, leading to heated debate over the importance of choice versus constraint. In this context, we examine the Moving to Opportunity experiment's first decade, using a mixed-method approach.

Service-Led Rural Development: Definitions, Theories, and Empirical Evidence

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 3:17pm

Two opposing views of service-led development contend, on the one hand, that services can be a propulsive force in rural economic development and, on the other, that services are neither independent of, nor a replacement for, older forms of rural industrialization such as agriculture, mining, and manufacturing. Both views fail to account for the dualistic nature of rural services growth, which does not mirror the developmental experience commonly associated with services in the nation's cities.

U.S. Auto Parts Production: An Analysis of the Organization and Location of a Changing Industry

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 3:07pm

Several authors contend that changes in the organization of auto assembly are resulting in a spatial reconcentration of employment in the Midwestern United States. Hypotheses about spatial reconcentration do not take into account the structure of the auto parts industry and the extent that changes in assembly warrant a spatial reorganization of parts production. Using location and employment data for auto parts production, this analysis reveals that the current distribution of auto parts manufacturing varies by product, market, and corporate strategy.

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