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Artists, Engineers, and Aspects of Economic Growth in a Creative Region

Batabyal, Amitrajeet and Beladi, Hamid (2017): Artists, Engineers, and Aspects of Economic Growth in a Creative Region.

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Abstract

We study aspects of economic growth in a region that is creative in the sense of Richard Florida. Members of the creative class fall into one of two possible groups. This grouping stems from the manner in which creative capital is acquired by the individual members. In this setting, we accomplish five tasks. First, we derive the wage of members in each of the two creative class groups. Second, we show that the average wage increases with the physical capital per creative class member ratio. Third, we derive an expression for the steady state physical capital per creative class member ratio. Fourth, we show that in a particular circumstance, the distribution of income does not affect the steady state physical capital per creative class member ratio. Finally, we ascertain the optimal income redistribution rule that maximizes the average steady state income of the creative class in the region under study.

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