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Recent spatial growth dynamics in wages and housing costs: Proximity to urban production externalities and consumer amenities

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  • Partridge, Mark D.
  • Rickman, Dan S.
  • Ali, Kamar
  • Olfert, M. Rose

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Despite numerous technological advances, remoteness within the United States has been increasingly associated with relatively slower economic growth. Using a spatial hedonic pricing approach, this paper assesses the relative importance of proximity to urban consumer amenities and production spillovers in explaining growth differentials in wages and housing costs across the U.S. urban hierarchy. We find that the dominant force for lower wage growth in remote nonmetropolitan and small metropolitan-area counties is increasing relative productivity disadvantages. Yet, for medium-to-large metropolitan areas, increased attractiveness to households of remoteness from even larger metropolitan areas generally contributed the most to relatively slower wage growth.

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  • Partridge, Mark D. & Rickman, Dan S. & Ali, Kamar & Olfert, M. Rose, 2010. "Recent spatial growth dynamics in wages and housing costs: Proximity to urban production externalities and consumer amenities," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 40(6), pages 440-452, November.
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