Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/44170
Authors: 
Falck, Oliver
Fritsch, Michael
Heblich, Stephan
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5065
Abstract: 
We analyze the extent to which endogenous cultural amenities affect the spatial equilibrium share of high-human-capital employees. To overcome endogeneity, we draw on a quasi-natural experiment in German history and exploit the exogenous spatial distribution of baroque opera houses built as a part of rulers' competition for prestigious cultural amenities. Robustness tests confirm our strategy and strengthen the finding that proximity to a baroque opera house significantly affects the spatial equilibrium share of high-human-capital employees. Then, a cross-region growth regression shows that these employees induce local knowledge spillovers and shift a location to a higher growth path.
Subjects: 
cultural amenities
regional economic growth
human capital
Bohemians
JEL: 
H41
R11
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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