Understanding Earnings Inequality in Appalachia

This report, produced by visiting scholar James Ziliak, along with colleagues Chris Bollinger and Kenneth Troske of the University of Kentucky, presents a rigorous analysis of wage differences between Appalachia and the non-Appalachia region (the remainder of the United States). Appalachia is a sprawling 205,000-square mile swath of land centered along the Appalachian Mountain from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Over 23 million people are spread across the region’s 420 counties; 42 percent of the population is rural, compared with 20 percent of the national population. Their primary research questions are ...(read more of the summary )

The complete paper can be accessed here.

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