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State and Local Policy, Factor Markets, and Regional Growth

  • Brown, Stephen P. A.

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)

  • Hayes, Kathy J.

    (Southern Methodist U)

  • Taylor, Lori L.

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)

A large and growing literature has developed to explain how state and local policies affect factor markets, firm location, and economic growth; but it has emerged in three distinct threads. These threads have variously emphasized how policy and natural amenities affect regional economic growth, employment growth, or firm location; how variations in policy and natural amenities can lead to persistent wage differentials across regions; and how regional variation in factor inputs, including public capital, affects output. In this article, we expand the modeling framework of Roback and Gyourko and Tracy to integrate these threads into a single inquiry about how state and local policies--including the provision of public capital--affect factor markets and economic growth.

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Volume (Year): 33 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 40-60

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