The Creative Class, Its Preferences, and Unbalanced Growth in an Urban Economy

RIT Economics Department Working Paper No. 12-02

39 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2012

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Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) - Department of Economics

Peter Nijkamp

VU University of Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics; Tinbergen Institute

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Date Written: April 3, 2012

Abstract

We theoretically analyze unbalanced growth in an urban economy arising from the preferences of the creative class concerning the relative desirability of agricultural, manufacturing, and service goods. We study two cases. In the first case, the production functions for the three categories of goods are identical. Our analysis leads to four results. First, we compute the equilibrium physical to creative capital ratios and the relationships between the neutral productivity shifters and the output prices. Second, we show that agricultural and services consumption are a constant multiple of manufacturing consumption. Third, we note that under certain conditions, an equilibrium in which all sectors of our urban economy grow at a constant rate does not exist. Fourth, we show that a constant growth path (CGP) equilibrium exists in which, across the three sectors, the pattern of consumption changes and there is a reallocation of creative capital. In the second case, the production functions for the three categories of goods are dissimilar. In this more realistic setting, we study generalizations of the previously described four results.

Keywords: Agriculture, Creative Class, Manufacturing, Services, Structural Change, Urban Economy

JEL Classification: R11, R30, J24

Suggested Citation

Batabyal, Amitrajeet A. and Nijkamp, Peter, The Creative Class, Its Preferences, and Unbalanced Growth in an Urban Economy (April 3, 2012). RIT Economics Department Working Paper No. 12-02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2033907 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2033907

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