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 267: Up in the Air: The Role of Airports for Regional Economic Development

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

Abstract: Short on the role of airports in for regional development in earlier work, our research examines two things: (1) the likelihood for the region to have an airport in the first place and (2) the effects of airports for regional economic development. Based on multiple regression analysis for US metros, we find that airports are more likely in larger metros with higher shares of more cultural workers and warmer winters are more likely to have an airport in the first place. We also find that airports add significantly to economic output per capita, when controlling for other variables, and that the size of the airport activities matters.

Keywords: Airports; economic development

JEL-codes: R00; R40

21 pages, March 13, 2012

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