Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation,
Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

No 264: Human Capital in Cities and Suburbs

Kevin Stolarick (), Charlotta Mellander () and Richard Florida ()
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Kevin Stolarick: University of Toronto
Charlotta Mellander: Jönköping International Business School
Richard Florida: University of Toronto

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

JEL-codes: J24; O30; R10; R20

41 pages, January 20, 2012

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