Brian J. L. Berry

The University of Texas at Dallas


Election Year: 1975
Primary Section: 54, Economic Sciences
Membership Type: Member

Research Interests

My research explores the processes of urban growth and change, particularly the operation of housing markets in the face of institutional change against the backdrop of status and ethnic differences. Regionally, I focus on the role of new technologies in shifting the nature of industrial and commercial location and land use, thereby structuring new growth and restructuring older developments. Of particular interest is the emergence of positive feedback mechanisms, called dynamic externalities, that reinforce the processes of transforming individual regions and introducing new types of interregional differentiation and interdependence. Dynamic externalities extend to research at the nation-state level and beyond where technological changes introduced by information-age economics are changing the role of politics and, contested by cultural intensification, are resulting in new scales of organization at levels greater than and beneath that of the nation-state. I also explore the interface between long-run macroeconomic history (the long-wave phenomenon) and such issues as: the clustering of innovations that transform economic systems in particular historical phases; the links between macroeconomics and macropolitical history; the emergence of regime types and the phenomenon of critical elections; and the relationship between pulsations of technological change and innovations and geographic change outward from centers and regions with high inventive capacity.

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