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Growth in Cities
Recent theories of economic growth, including those of Romer, Porter, and Jacobs, have stressed the role of technological spillovers in generating growth. Because such knowledge spillovers areExpand
Geographic Concentration in U.S. Manufacturing Industries: A Dartboard Approach
This paper discusses the prevalence of Silicon Valley‐style localizations of individual manufacturing industries in the United States. A model in which localized industry‐specific spillovers, naturalExpand
Do Institutions Cause Growth?
We revisit the debate over whether political institutions cause economic growth, or whether, alternatively, growth and human capital accumulation lead to institutional improvement. We find that mostExpand
Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference
As events highlight deep divisions in attitudes between America and Europe, this is a very timely study of different approaches to the problems of domestic inequality and poverty. Based on carefulExpand
What Causes Industry Agglomeration? Evidence from Coagglomeration Patterns
Many industries are geographically concentrated. Many mechanisms that could account for such agglomeration have been proposed. We note that these theories make different predictions about which pairsExpand
Cities and Skills
Workers in cities earn 33% more than their nonurban counterparts. A large amount of evidence suggests that this premium is not just the result of higher ability workers living in cities, which meansExpand
An Economic Approach to Social Capital
To identify the determinants of social capital formation, it is necessary to understand the social capital investment decision of individuals. Individual social capital should then be aggregated toExpand
Learning in Cities
Alfred Marshall argues that industrial agglomerations exist in part because individuals can" learn skills from each other when they live and work in close proximity to one another. An" increasingExpand
Are Ghettos Good or Bad?
Theory suggests that spatial separation of racial and ethnic groups can have both positive and negative effects on the economic performance of minorities. Racial segregation may be damaging becauseExpand
Corruption in America
We use a data set of federal corruption convictions in the U.S. to investigate the causes and consequences of corruption. More educated states, and to a less degree richer states, have lessExpand
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