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The Phantom of the Opera: Cultural Amenities, Human Capital, and Regional Economic Growth

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  • Oliver Falck
  • Michael Fritsch
  • Stephan Heblich

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We analyze the extent to which endogenous cultural amenities affect the spatial equilibriumshare of high-human-capital employees. To overcome endogeneity, we draw on a quasinaturalexperiment in German history and exploit the exogenous spatial distribution ofbaroque opera houses built as a part of rulers’ competition for prestigious cultural amenities.Robustness tests confirm our strategy and strengthen the finding that proximity to a baroqueopera house significantly affects the spatial equilibrium share of high-human-capitalemployees. Then, a cross-region growth regression shows that these employees induce localknowledge spillovers and shift a location to a higher growth path.

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Paper provided by Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich in its series Ifo Working Paper Series with number Ifo Working Paper Nr. 88.

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Keywords: Cultural Amenities; Regional Economic Growth; Human Capital; Bohemians;

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