Determinants of Income Growth in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Labor Markets
George W. Hammond
West Virginia University - College of Business & Economics
Eric C. Thompson
University of Nebraska at Lincoln - Department of Economics
American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 90, Issue 3, pp. 783-793, August 2008
This article analyzes determinants of growth across labor markets in the United States, using a production function approach based on four inputs: labor, manufacturing investment, human capital investment, and public capital investment. We find little role for public capital investment in growth, but that manufacturing investment spurred growth in nonmetropolitan areas, in contrast to metropolitan areas. We also find that human capital investment mattered more for metropolitan areas than for nonmetropolitan areas. Further, the presence of more colleges and universities, more household amenities, and lower tax rates are all found to have encouraged human capital accumulation in U.S. labor markets.
Date posted: June 17, 2008