KTH/CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation
Human Capital in Cities and Suburbs
(), Charlotta Mellander
() and Richard Florida
Abstract: Research on human capital generally focuses on the
regional level, and neglects the relative effects of its distribution
between center cities and surrounding suburbs. This research examines the
effects of this intra-metropolitan distribution on economic performance.
The findings indicate that this distribution matters significantly to US
regional performance. Suburban human capital matters more than center city
human capital. However, this varies by regional size. Suburban human
capital has the biggest effect on regional economic performance in smaller
and medium size metros. Center city human capital has a relatively larger
effect on economic performance in regions with over one million people.
Keywords: Human Capital; Density; Intra-metropolitan distribution; Income; Housing prices; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J24; O30; R10; R20; (follow links to similar papers)
41 pages, January 20, 2012
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