BBS - Mr. Robert Sonora, Ph.D. (University of Montana, USA)

We invite you to the 30th and also the 5th online Brown Bag Seminar which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, starting at 2 pm via the Google Meet app. The cycle of the Brown Bag Seminars will be continued by Mr. Robert Sonora, Ph.D. (University of Montana, USA), who will present the paper "Land Use and Regional Economic Growth in the Western United States: Temporal and Spatial Analysis".
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Summary of the presentation:

The paper investigates the role of natural benefits in clarifying the economic performance of counties in the western United States. Areas with significant natural amenities, such as the proximity of national parks, monuments, or wilderness, are increasingly using these features as levers of economic growth. The paper presents a simple theoretical model of economic growth and natural benefits with spatial externalities. Then, applying spatial econometrics methods to data from the western U.S. counties, a relatively weak effect of spatial benefits on economic indicators such as aggregate income, per capita income, and employment is found. The results vary depending on the type of land definition and the time horizon used. Areas with greater public access enjoy certain positive short-term economic effects, but they diminish over time.
About the lecturer:
Mr. Robert Sonora, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Professor at the University of Montana (USA) and Director of Health Research at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the same university. His research interests include health economics, economic growth, income inequality, and the international economy.

Description of the Brown Bag Seminar concept:
The Brown Bag Seminar (BBS) is an informal one-hour workshop with aim of presenting research in different stages of design (ideas, rounded theoretical framework, conducted empirical research, etc.), promoting discussion and creating a stimulating environment focused on the constructive discussion between exhibitors and the rest of participants of the seminar. The basic idea of the BBS is to create a platform where at least once a month, the FEB ZG employees will have the opportunity to present the ideas and articles they work on within their scientific-research work. We invite you to respond and help with your constructive comments to exhibitors and expose by yourself the topics you are currently working on, unpublished works or present the research ideas you are thinking about.
The idea is that presentations (in English or Croatian - depending on the presenter's preference) last for 30-40 minutes, and is followed by a discussion.