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Title:Creative class and regional growth: empirical evidence from eight European countries PDF Logo
Authors:Boschma, Ron A.
Fritsch, Michael
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Jena economic research papers 2007,066
Abstract:We analyze the regional distribution and the effect of people in creative occupations based on data for more than 450 regions in eight European countries. The geographic distribution of the creative class is highly uneven. The creative class is not attracted to highly urbanized regions per se, but rather a climate of tolerance and openness seem to be rather important factors. We find that the creative class has a positive and significant effect on employment growth and new business formation at the regional level. Human capital as measured by creative occupation outperforms indicators that are based on formal education.
Subjects:Creativity
innovation
entrepreneurship
regional development
JEL:O31
O18
R12
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Jena Economic Research Papers, MPI für Ökonomik

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