It Takes a Village

  title={It Takes a Village},
  author={Michele M. Hoyman and Christopher George Faricy},
  journal={Urban Affairs Review},
  pages={311 - 333}
Richard Florida argues that the “creative class” is inextricably connected with surges in urban growth. This article, using data from 276 metropolitan statistical areas, empirically tests the creative class theory as compared to the human and social capital models of economic growth. Our results demonstrate that the creative class is not related to growth, whereas human capital predicts economic growth and development and social capital predicts average wage but not job growth. Additionally, we… 

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  • F. Solt
  • Political Science
    British Journal of Political Science
  • 2003
What determines the responsiveness and effectiveness of democratic governments in meeting their citizens’ needs? Based on his 1993 study of the twenty Italian regions, Robert Putnam argued that

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