Since the summer of 2009 Professor Bellinger and Jue (Jessie) Wang ('12), a Dickinson economics and mathematics major, have been engaged
in a series of research projects related to the access to retail stores in
inner city neighborhoods. In 2009 they
completed a detailed study of the South Allison Hill neighborhood in Harrisburg, PA. This report has been used by the Tri-County
Commission, which operates the Community Development Corporation in South
Allison Hill, to recruit businesses and apply for grants.
The two have also been working with a national data set of
about 40 relatively small U.S. cities to analyze the possible causes of inner
city retail gaps on a broader scale.
They presented an article on that topic at the 2010 Pennsylvania
Economic Association meetings and are working on 3 articles that will be
submitted to various economic journals this spring.