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Does state economic development spending increase manufacturing employment?


  • Charles A. M. de Bartolome
  • Mark M. Spiegel


Recent studies, which have attempted to determine what causes an industrial sector in a state to grow, have ignored the general role of the state's economic development agency. We extend the analysis to include its effect, and determine that economic development expenditure by the state is a statistically significant determinant of manufacturing growth in the state. Our result is robust to a variety of specification tests.

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  • Charles A. M. de Bartolome & Mark M. Spiegel, 1995. "Does state economic development spending increase manufacturing employment?," Working Papers in Applied Economic Theory 95-10, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfap:95-10

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    2. Gabe, Todd, 2000. "The Effects of Business Assistance Programs on Employment Growth in Maine Establishments," MPRA Paper 65983, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Lee, Yoonsoo, 2008. "Geographic redistribution of US manufacturing and the role of state development policy," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 64(2), pages 436-450, September.
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