Center for Business and Economic Research - Ball State University

What Comes First, People or Jobs: Evidence and Lessons for Indiana

What Comes First, People or Jobs: Evidence and Lessons for Indiana

In this study, we examine population and employment growth in Indiana’s 92 counties in the decades of the 1970s and the 2000s to determine whether job attraction or people attraction is a larger factor in county population growth. We control for educational attainment, initial population, urban/rural influence, natural amenities, income inequality and intergenerational mobility, the size of local government and spatial spillover effects.

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Tags: indiana, economic development, workforce and human capital, placemaking, employment

Authors: Michael J. Hicks, Dagney Faulk