The geography of air passengers and employment patterns by US core urban area following the Great Recession: 2009---2012

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Anna Caroline Levi (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Keith Debbage

Abstract: It has been suggested that successful economies and convenient access to air transportation are correlated and that centrality in the high-tech business network is a precursor to a robust economy. It is hypothesized in this thesis that a significant positive relationship exists between air passenger enplanements by core urban area and selected labor markets with particular attention focused on Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (PST)(NAICS 54) and Management Services (NAICS 55). The data for this analysis was collected from the Federal Aviation Administration and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for years 2009 and 2012. It was determined that the most accurate predictors of the geography of air passenger enplanements included PST employment, airline hubs and management service total wages. This thesis also found that these trends do not extend to service-providing industries in the aggregate, suggesting that high-tech and management workers more likely than other service workers to fly and contribute to their regional economy in times of economic growth and recession.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
Airport, Enplanement, High-tech, Urban
Air travel $x Economic aspects $z United States
Airports $x Economic aspects $z United States
United States $x Economic conditions $y 2009-

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