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Do amenities matter in attracting knowledge workers for regional economic development?

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  • Vijay K. Mathur
  • Sheldon H. Stein

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Abstract. The productivity of knowledge workers (the “H people”) relative to that of unskilled workers (the “L people”) could warrant that a region formulate economic development policies in order to raise this ratio via the in‐migration of skilled labour. This article presents a theoretical model which demonstrates the conditions that must be satisfied before an amenity based programme for economic development can succeed. The ratio of H to L turns out to play a crucial role as does the assumption that H’s are L averse. We also examine the possibility that an adverse amenity shock can push a region into an “L trap”.

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  • Vijay K. Mathur & Sheldon H. Stein, 2005. "Do amenities matter in attracting knowledge workers for regional economic development?," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 84(2), pages 251-269, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:presci:v:84:y:2005:i:2:p:251-269
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