Center for Business and Economic Research - Ball State University

How Vulnerable Are American Communities to Automation, Trade, & Urbanization?

How Vulnerable Are American Communities to Automation, Trade, & Urbanization?

This study highlights divergence in regional economic performance and the impact on households and communities, which necessitates an urgent call to research and policy analysis. The executive summary provides an overview of key points, and the appendix shows larger regional maps of county-level data for all 50 states.

NOTE: We have corrected an error on page 6, Table 1A. Wages for computer programmers are $79K and wages for data entry keyers are $29K. This error does not affect our calculations and has been corrected July 19, 2017.

NOTE 2: Based on feedback from the statistical community, we have created an additional appendix that uses a different color scheme. Appendix 2 uses red for counties with higher risk and blue for counties with lower risk. For both appendices, lower scores = less risk, and higher scores = more risk.

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Tags: technology and automation, trade, employment, sectors and industry clusters, economic development, population growth and migration

Authors: Srikant Devaraj, Michael J. Hicks, Dagney Faulk, Emily J. Wornell