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Anil Rupasingha
Community and Economic Development Research Adviser

Atlanta Office
1000 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
404-498-7511
anil.rupasingha@atl.frb.org

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  • Biography
  • Research
  • Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Anil Rupasingha is a community and economic development (CED) research adviser in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His major fields of study are microbusiness and small business, entrepreneurship, self-employment, regional income growth and poverty, internal migration, and social capital.

Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed in 2011, Rupasingha was a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics at New Mexico State University. He also worked as a faculty member in the Department of Economics at American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, a senior research associate in the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development at Pennsylvania State University, and a postdoctoral fellow in TVA rural studies at the University of Kentucky.

He has published his research in various journals, including American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Annals of Regional Science, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Papers in Regional Science, and Review of Agricultural Economics. He is a member of the North American Regional Science Council, the American Agricultural Economics Association, and the Southern Economic Association.

A native of Sri Lanka, Rupasingha received a BA in economics from the University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka). He earned his PhD in agricultural economics at Texas A&M University.

Research

Areas of Interest

Community and economic development
Rural, urban, and regional economics
Applied spatial analysis
Applied microeconomics

Articles in Refereed Journals

"Migration as a Way to Diversify: Evidence from Rural to Urban Migration in the U.S." (with M. Arzhagi). Forthcoming in Journal of Regional Science.

"The Determinants of Rural Self-Employment: Insights from County-Level Data" (with S.J. Goetz). Forthcoming in Economic Development Quarterly.

"Self-employment and local economic performance: Evidence from U.S. counties" (with S.J. Goetz). Papers in Regional Science 92 (2013): 141–61.

"The Economic Impacts of Self-Employment" (with S.J. Goetz and D.A. Fleming). Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 44 (3) (2012): 315–21.

"Social Capital, Religion, Wal-Mart, and Hate Groups in America" (with S.J. Goetz and S. Loveridge) Social Science Quarterly, 93 (2012): 379–93.

"Social capital and religious adherence as determinants of child poverty in the United States" (with J.G.S. Ranjith). Journal of Economic Issues Vol. XLV I No. 1 March 2012.

"Stochastic Convergence Tests for U.S. Regional Per Capita Personal Income; Some Further Evidence: A Research Note" (with Genc, I. and Miller, J.R.) Annals of Regional Science. 46 (2011): 369–77.

"Time-Series Tests of Stochastic Earnings Convergence across US Nonmetropolitan Counties, 1969–2004" (with Genc, I.H.). Applied Econometrics and International Development 9 (2) (2009).

"Value-Added Agricultural Enterprises (VAAE) and County Economic Well-Being: An Empirical Investigation." Review of Agricultural Economics 31 (3) (2009): 511–34.

"Religious Adherence and Economic Growth: Evidence from the USA Counties" (with J.B. Chilton). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 72 (1) (2009): 438–50.

"Determinants of Growth in County-Level Self-Employment Densities, 1990–2000" (with S.J. Goetz). Small Business Economics 32 (4) (2009): 425–38.

"Proprietorship Formations and US Job Growth" (with Shrestha, S.S. and S.J. Goetz). Review of Regional Studies 37 (2007): 146–68.

"Social and Political Forces as Determinants of Poverty: A Spatial Analysis" (with S.J. Goetz). Journal of Socio-Economics 36 (2007): 650–71.

"The Impact of Wal-Mart on Social Capital in US Counties." (with S.J. Goetz). American Journal of Agricultural Economics 88 (Number 5, 2006): 1304–10.

"The Production of Social Capital in U.S. Counties" (with S.J. Goetz and D. Freshwater). Journal of Socio-Economics 35 (2006): 83–101.

"The Returns to Education in Rural Areas." (with S.J. Goetz). Review of Regional Studies 34 (No. 3, 2004), Special Issue: Education and Rural Development.

"Spatial Food Stamp Program Participation Dynamics in US Counties" (with S.J. Goetz and J. Zimmerman). Review of Regional Studies 34 (No. 2, 2004): 172–90.

"County Amenities and Net Migration" (with S.J. Goetz). Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 33 (October 2004): 198–207.

"The Environmental Kuznets Curve for U.S. Counties: A Spatial Econometric Analysis" (with S.J. Goetz, D.L. Debertin, and A. Pagoulatos). Papers in Regional Science 83 (2004): 407–24.

"The Returns to Higher Education: Estimates for the 48 Contiguous States" (with S.J. Goetz). Economic Development Quarterly 17 (November 2003): 337–51.

"High-Tech Firm Clustering: Implications for Rural Areas" (with S.J. Goetz). American Journal of Agricultural Economics 84 (2002): 1229–36.

"Social and Institutional Factors as Determinants of Economic Growth: Evidence from the United States Counties" (with S.J. Goetz and D. Freshwater). Papers in Regional Science 81 (2002): 139–55.

"Factors that Influence Local Government Cooperation: Evidence from the Tennessee Valley" (with S.B. Lackey and D. Freshwater). Economic Development Quarterly 16 (2002): 138–54.

"Crisis as Opportunity: Local Context, Adaptive Agents and the Possibilities of Rural Development" (with T. Wojan). Regional Studies 35 (2001): 141–52.

"Social Capital and Economic Growth: A County-Level Analysis" (with S.J. Goetz, and D. Freshwater). Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 32 (2000): 565–72.

"Economics of Religious Participation in the Rural South" (with D. Freshwater). Review of Regional Studies 29 (1999): 256–71.

"Self-Organization and Community-Based Development Initiatives" (with T. Wojan, and D. Freshwater). Journal of the Community Development Society 30 (1999): 66–82.

"Evolutionary Theories and the Community Management of Local Commons" (with F. O. Boadu). Review of Agricultural Economics 20 (Fall/Winter 1998): 530–46.

Atlanta Fed Publications

"Locally Owned: Do Local Business Ownership and Size Matter for Local Economic Well-being?" Discussion Paper 1-13 (August 2013).

"Trends in Small Business and Small Farm Loans." Partners Update, May/June 2013, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

"Florida Leads Southeast in Population Growth." Partners Update, September/October 2012, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

"Self-Employment as Economic Development Strategy: What Does It Mean for Metro and Nonmetro Counties in the Southeast?" Partners Update, May/June 2011, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Atlanta Fed Working Papers

2013-20
Asymmetric Labor Force Participation Decisions over the Business Cycle: Evidence from U.S. Microdata
Taelim Choi, John C. Robertson, and Anil Rupasingha
December 2013
Abstract || Full text in PDF (1 MB)

Other Publications

"Rural New Mexico Economic Conditions and Trends" (with M.J. Patrick). Circular 651, New Mexico State University Corporative Extension Service Publications.

"Closing Retail Sales Gaps: Boosting the Economic Fortunes of Rural New Mexico Counties" (with M.J. Patrick). Circular 652. New Mexico State University Corporative Extension Service Publications.

"Non-Farm Proprietors: Opportunities for New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service" (with M.J. Patrick). Guide Z-115, New Mexico State University Corporative Extension Service Publications.

"How the Returns to Education in Rural Areas Vary across the Nation?" (with S.J. Goetz). In The Role of Education: Promoting the Economic and Social Vitality of Rural America, L.J. Beaulieu and R. Gibbs (eds.). Report issued by Southern Rural Development Center and USDA Economic Research Service. January 2005.

"The Causes of Enduring Poverty, An Expanded Spatial Analysis of the Structural Determinants of Poverty in the US" (with S.J. Goetz). The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. Rural Development Papers # 22, December 2003.

"Food Stamp Program Participation Dynamics in US Counties and States" (with S.J. Goetz and J.N. Zimmerman). JCPR Working Paper 321, 01-13-2003.

"Land Use Research: Scientific Publications from 1986 to the Present" (with S.J. Goetz). NERCRD RDP No. 8, August 2001.

"Demand for Skills Training in the Rural South" (with T.W. Ilvento, and D. Freshwater). TVA Rural Studies, February 2000.

Work in Progress

"Immigrant Entrepreneurship with a Focus on Latino Entrepreneurship" (with M. Quispe-Agnoli, C. Carpenter, and S. Loveridge).

"The Role of Social Capital in Labor Markets, Migration, and Survey Response" (with J. Hotchkiss).

"High-Growth Firms in Georgia" (with T. Choi and J. Robertson).

"Factors Affecting Spatial Variation of Microenterprises in the Rural U.S."(with S. Contreras).

"Rural rebound: Determinants of metro to non-metro migration in the U.S." (with Y. Liu and M. Partridge).

"Do Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Loans Have Effects on Small Business Dynamics?"

Presentations (Research)

"Factors affecting spatial variation of microenterprises in the rural U.S." Southern Economic Association, New Orleans, November 2012.

"Rural rebound: Determinants of metro to non-metro migration in the U.S." Paper presented at the North American Regional Science Association, Ottawa, Canada, November 2012.

"Do firm ownership and size matter for local economic well-being?" Paper presented at the North American Regional Science Association, Miami, Florida, November 2011.

"Do firm ownership and size matter for local economic well-being?" Paper presented at the Internal Research Symposium, 2011 Federal Reserve Community Affairs Internal Research Symposium, Arlington, Virginia, April 28–29, 2011.

"Factors affecting spatial variation of microenterprises in the rural U.S." Paper presented at Economic Development in Underserved Communities: Where Research and Practice Meet" sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, September 9–10, 2010, Kansas City, Missouri.

"Non-farm proprietorships and local economic performance." Paper presented at Annual Meetings of the North American Regional Science Association, Brooklyn, New York, November 19–22, 2008.

"Value-added agricultural enterprises (VAAE) and county economic well-being: An empirical investigation." Paper presented at Annual Meetings of the Western Regional Science Association, Big Island, Hawaii, February 17–20, 2008.

"The impact of Wal-Mart on social capital in US counties." Paper presented at Annual Meetings of the American Agricultural Economics Association, Long Beach, California, July 23–26, 2006.

"Structural determinants of changes in poverty rates in persistently poor rural Counties." Paper presented at Annual Meetings of the American Agricultural Economics Association, Montreal, Canada, July 27–30, 2003.

"The returns to education in rural areas." Paper presented at the ERS/SRDC/Rural Education and Community Trust Conference on Promoting the Economic and Social Vitality of Rural America: The Role of Education, New Orleans, April 14–15, 2003.

"Structural determinants of poverty: An extended analysis." Paper presented at Annual Meetings of the North American Regional Science Association and Regional Science Associations International, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 14–16, 2002.

"Modeling food stamp program participation using spatial econometrics." Paper presented at Annual Meetings of the American Agricultural Economics Association, Long Beach, California, July 28–31, 2002.

"The effect of health and environmental factors on migration decisions." Paper presented at Annual Meetings of the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, June 9–11, 2002.

"The environmental Kuznets Curve for U.S. counties: A spatial analysis." Paper presented at Annual Meetings of the North American Regional Science Association and Regional Science Associations International, Charleston, South Carolina, November 15–17, 2001.

"Demand for public education spending: Evidence from the rural United States." Annual Meetings of the Southern Regional Science Association, Miami Beach, Florida, April 2000.

"Social and institutional factors as determinants of economic growth: Evidence from the rural United States." Paper presented at Annual Meetings of the North American Regional Science Association and Regional Science Associations International, Montreal, Canada, November 14, 1999.

"Economics of Religious Participation in the Rural South." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the North American Regional Science Association and Regional Science Associations International, Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 12, 1998.

"Paradigms and Toolboxes: The 'Evolutionary Synthesis' and Social Science Methodology." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the North American Regional Science Association and Regional Science Associations International, Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 12, 1998.

"Demand for Job Training in the Rural South." Paper presented at the Southern Labor Conference, New Orleans, October 1, 1998.

"Factors Affecting Social Capital: Evidence from Rural South." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Portland, Oregon, August 1998.

"Preferences of Rural South Residents for Government Policies." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Southern Regional Science Association, Savannah, Georgia, April 1998.

"Self-Organization and Community-Based Development Initiatives" (with T. Wojan and D. Freshwater). Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the North American Regional Science Association and Regional Science Associations International, Buffalo, New York, November 9, 1997.

Presentations (Outreach)

"Self-employment: Jobless recovery strategy for rural communities." Interagency Rural Economic Development and Small Business Forum, Livingston, Alabama, August 21, 2013.

"Supporting micro-businesses as a rural development strategy." Interagency Rural Economic Development and Small Business Forum, Avon Park, Florida, March 21, 2013.

"Important role of self-employment in promoting local economies." National Association for Workforce Boards (NAWB) Annual Meetings, Washington, DC, March 11, 2013.

"A case for supporting micro-businesses as a local economic development strategy." Microfinance Training Workshop Organized by Opportunity Finance Network, Atlanta, February 25 and 26, 2013.

"Long-term unemployment and workforce development findings from a Federal Reserve initiative." University Economic Development Association Meetings, Chattanooga, Tennessee, October 23, 2012.

"Identifying community-level factors affecting micro-businesses." Collectively Advancing Micro-Business in Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee, October 2, 2012.

"Employment Outlook—Atlanta." Partners for Southern Equity meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, April 24, 2012.

"Self-employment as a jobless recovery strategy for local communities." Alabama Microenterprise Network Meeting, Montgomery, Alabama, January 31, 2012.

"Self-employment as a jobless recovery strategy for local communities." Innovation Forum, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2, 2011.

"Social drivers of poverty." Economic Development Symposium Southeast Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 26, 2011.

"Community and economic development tools." County Extension Agent Training on Community Economic Development, Southwestern District, NMSU-CES, Silver City, New Mexico, May 21, 2008.

"Community and economic development tools." County Extension Agent Training on Community Economic Development, Eastern District, NMSU-CES, Clovis, New Mexico, May 14, 2008.

"Community and economic development tools." County Extension Agent Training on Community Economic Development, Northern District, NMSU-CES, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 8, 2008.

"Poverty, social capital and local entrepreneurship: Role of extension." Extension In-Service Training, 2008, NMSU-CES, Las Cruces, New Mexico, April, 7–11, 2008.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

PhD, Texas A&M University, Agricultural Economics, 1997

BA, University of Peradeniya (Peradeniya, Sri Lanka), Economics, December 1986

Employment

January 2011–Present, Research Adviser and Economist, Community and Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

August 2007–December 2010, Assistant Professor and Economic Development Specialist, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, New Mexico State University

September 2003–July 2007, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, American University of Sharjah, U.A.E.

November 2000–August 2003, Senior Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Penn State University

February 1997–October 2000, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky

Grants

CO-PI. Improving New Mexico Small Farm Sustainability through Farmers Markets, Western Center for Risk Management Education, 2009–2010, USD 33,641.

CO-PI. Afghanistan Water, Agriculture and Technology Transfer Program. USAID, 2008–2011, USD 20 Million.

Contributor. Wages, Jobs, Migration and the Environment: Policy Choices for Rural America, USDA/National Research Initiative, Competitive Grants Program, August 2003, USD 73,000.

Contributor. Structural Determinants of Poverty: An Expanded Analysis. USDA/National Research Initiative, Competitive Grants Program, September 2002, USD 78,800.

Contributor. Determinants of Spatial Variation in Food Stamp Program Participation Dynamics. The Joint Center for Poverty Research, Northwestern University/University of Chicago, Food Assistance Research, October 2001, USD 40,000.

Professional Activities

Manuscript Reviewer for Journals
Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Annals of Regional Science, Applied Economics, Choices, Contemporary Economic Policy, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Environment and Planning–C, Growth and Change, International Regional Science Review, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Regional Science, Journal of Rural Studies, Journal of Socio-Economics, Review of Applied Economics, Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies, Review of Regional Studies, Rural Sociology, Small Business Economics

Membership in Professional Associations

  • American Agricultural Economics Association
  • North American Regional Science Association and Regional Science Association International
  • Southern Economic Association