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Does "Trickle Down" Work? Economic Development and Job Chains in Local Labor Markets


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  • Joseph Persky

    (University of Illinois at Chicago)

  • Daniel Felsenstein

    (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

  • Virginia Carlson

    (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)


Persky, Felsenstein, and Carlson explore a new framework for evaluating state and local economic development efforts. They propose a method, referred to as the "job-chains approach," that they say clarifies the potential justifications for economic development subsidies as well as the limitations surrounding these efforts. This innovative approach addresses not only the number of job vacancies created as a result of a subsidized business investment or expansion, but also the extent to which gains are achieved by the unemployed and the underemployed, whether skilled or unskilled.

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This book is provided by W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in its series Books from Upjohn Press with number dtdw and published in 2004.

ISBN: cloth 9780880993098 paper 9780880993081
Handle: RePEc:upj:ubooks:dtdw

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Keywords: job chains; labor mobility; business subsidies; tax incentives; low-wage workers;

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  1. Joseph Persky & Daniel Felsenstein, 2006. "Restricting access in a job chains model of local employment creation," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 40(2), pages 423-435, June.
  2. Persky, Joseph J. & Baiman, Ron, 2010. "Do State Minimum Wage Laws Reduce Employment? Mixed Messages from Fast Food Outlets in Illinois and Indiana," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 40(2).
  3. Thakuriah (Vonu), Piyushimita & Persky, Joseph & Soot, Siim & Sriraj, P.S., 2013. "Costs and benefits of employment transportation for low-wage workers: An assessment of job access public transportation services," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 31-42.


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