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Karen R. Polenske papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0691

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials including but not limited to correspondence, proposals, reports, papers, data and research notebooks, and memoranda. Topics include Athena, Mother, and Passion software, UN bibliographies, Multiregional Input-Output (MRIO), Multiregional Policy (MRP), Multiregional Policy Impact Simulation Model (MRPIS), South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and multiregional planning.


  • Creation: 1947 - 2012


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Karen R. Polenske is the Peter deFlorez Professor of Regional Political Economy in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

from the Department of Urban Studies:

"Karen R. Polenske is director of the multiregional planning (MRP) research team. Since earning her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1966, she has conducted energy, environment, and transportation projects in many U.S. regions, including Appalachia, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, as well as outside the United States, including Brazil, China, Iran, and other countries. By the 1990s, her innovative group of collaborators included anthropologists, chemical engineers, energy, environmental, and transportation planners, lawyers, physicists, and public-health scholars. She is well-known as one of the most prominent input-output economists in the world and for her work on regional energy and environmental issues. She is a Fellow of the International Input-Output Association (IIOA) and of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). She was President of the IIOA (1995-2000) and Head of the International Development and Regional Planning Group in DUSP (1995-2006). Her publications include numerous articles in key economic and planning journals, and eight books, including 'The Technology-Energy-Environment-Health (TEEH) Chain in China' and 'The Economic Geography of Innovation' that are published both in English and Chinese. She received the 2008 Sloan Industry Studies Best Book Award for the TEEH book."


86 Cubic Feet (86 record cartons)

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Preliminary Guide to the Papers of Karen R. Polenske
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  • 2021: Scope and Content note created by Lana Mason to comply with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

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