Against the Grain

The Rise and Fall of Regions

We may take for granted that some regions do well economically — perhaps it’s the pleasant weather that attracts skilled workers to them — and that others do poorly. But history shows that regions rise and fall.  Economic geographer Michael Storper reflects on the differing fates of regions, including the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California.


Michael Storper, Keys to the City: How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction, and Politics Shape Development Princeton University Press, 2013

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