Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Daily Ranking - Voting with their feet edition

So the other day I put up my calculation showing Hawaii losing its labor force most rapidly, while Pennsylvania of all places is attracting folks the quickest.

So compare and contrast with your daily ranking via CNN of the latest Economist's Global Livability Survey.

Now look up where Honolulu and Pittsburgh fall.  It all is just yet another index you might not bat an eye at any longer... but lots of deeper issues embedded in how that all works out.  The role of amenities in regional growth, migration and the ever more euphemistic 'talent attraction' are all related to how those two factoids work out.    More broadly the debate over whether people follow jobs, or do jobs follow people.



Blogger Jim Russell said...

I suspect you have that Storper and Scott article in mind, "Rethinking human capital, creativity and urban growth." That shiny, new urban amenities will attract talent is a boondoggle.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous MN said...

Detroit is #40. What does that say about this index?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 1:26:00 PM  
Blogger Benjamin Robinson said...

From what I've read of Enrico Moretti's new book "The New Geography of Jobs", I tend to come down more on the side of the jobs follow people hypothesis.

Sincerely, Cincinnatus.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 3:11:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

It sounds more plausible than "Rain follows the plow."

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 5:29:00 PM  

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