What Comes First, People or Jobs: Evidence and Lessons for Indiana

Source: Dagney Faulk, Michael J. Hicks, Ball State University, Center for Business and Economic Research, January 21, 2016

In this study, we examine population and employment growth in Indiana’s 92 counties in the decades of the 1970s and the 2000s to determine whether job attraction or people attraction is a larger factor in county population growth. We control for educational attainment, initial population, urban/rural influence, natural amenities, income inequality and intergenerational mobility, the size of local government and spatial spillover effects.