Applied Research

Research is a key component of education and outreach programs at the Center for Community & Economic Development (CCED). Guided by the principal of helping people make informed decisions, our research goals include providing cutting-edge knowledge and supporting objective policy discussions for our Extension colleagues and the communities we serve. We work with our partners to facilitate evidence-based education and decision-making processes.

As the needs of Wisconsin change, we direct our research to understand current issues. Given our expertise in economics and strategic communication, much of our current work led by Tessa Conroy, Steve Deller, Matt Kures and Kristin Runge, has focused on community and regional growth as well as positioning communities to take advantage of their own unique mix of talent and resources. Research and teaching focusing on downtown and business district economic development, primarily led by Bill Ryan, provides information to help communities compare themselves to other places in Wisconsin and develop using an analysis of business mix, downtown employment, downtown residents, and more.


Entrepreneurship, Broadband, and Gender: Evidence from Establishment Births in Rural America” in Sage Journals

Does Student Loan Debt Hinder Community Well-Being?” at

Spatial Patterns in the Relationship Between Religion and Economic Growth” in Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy

Social capital and community development: Where do we go from here?” in Taylor and Francis online

Do tax and expenditure limitations exacerbate rising income inequality?” in Wiley online library

Indebted and Drained: Student Loans and Rural America” in Choices, a publication of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Regional Level Social Capital and Business Survival Rates” in The Review of Regional Studies

Local Foods and Local Economic Performancein Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

“Incentives and Firm Migration: An Interstate Comparison Approach” in Economic Development Quarterly

“Social Capital at the Community Level” in Community Development Research and Practice

“Regional Income Inequality: A Link to Women-owned Businesses” in Small Business Economics

”Entrepreneurship in Rural Employment in the US” in Rural Policies and Employment from World Scientific

“Broadband’s Relationship to Rural Housing Values” in The Regional Science Association International

“Rural Entrepreneurship and Migration” in Journal of Rural Studies

“Social Capital, Religion, and Small Business Activity” in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization

“Interstate Relocation of Manufacturers and Business Climate” in Urban and Regional Development Studies.

“Fueling the Job Engines: The Impact of Small Business Loans on Establishment Births” in Contemporary Economic Policy.

“Business Survival Rates Across the Urban-Rural Divide” in Community Development.

“Regional Business Climate and Interstate Manufacturing Relocation Decisions” in Regional Science and Urban Economics.

“Where are the Women Entrepreneurs? Business Ownership Growth Across the Urban Landscape” in Economic Inquiry.

“Attitudes about Food and Food-Related Biotechnology” in Public Opinion Quarterly.

“Media framing and perceptions of risk for food technologies: the case of ‘pink slime’” in Food Futures: Ethics, Science and Culture.

“Partisan Amplification of Risk: American Perceptions of Nuclear Energy Risk in the Wake of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster” in ScienceDirect.

“Tweeting Nano: How Public Discourses About Nanotechnology Develop in Social Media Environments” in Journal of Nanoparticle Research.

“Economic Diversity, Unemployment and the Great Recession” in ScienceDirect. 

“Did Regional Economic Diversity Influence the Effects of the Great Recession?” in Economic Inquiry. 

“Spatial Variations in the Relationship Between Economic Diversity and Stability” in Applied Economics Letters. 

“Evidence of the Environmental Kuznets’ Curve among US Counties and the Impact of Social Capital” in International Regional Science Review.

“The Effects of Tax and Expenditure Limits on State Fiscal Reserves”  in Public Policy and Administration. 


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