Does residential diversity attract workers in creative occupations?

Angelopoulos, S, Boymal, J, De Silva, A and Potts, J 2015, 'Does residential diversity attract workers in creative occupations?', Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 202-230.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Does residential diversity attract workers in creative occupations?
Author(s) Angelopoulos, S
Boymal, J
De Silva, A
Potts, J
Year 2015
Journal name Australasian Journal of Regional Studies
Volume number 21
Issue number 2
Start page 202
End page 230
Total pages 29
Publisher Regional Science Association - Australian and New Zealand Section
Abstract The 'Florida hypothesis' suggests that regional economic growth is driven by inflows of creative workers (the 'creative class'), and that creative class workers are attracted to regions that are tolerant and diverse. This paper seeks to test the second part of the hypothesis for Australia. Evidence suggests that while there is some association between changes in the creative class and tolerance, the association with diversity is weak and inconsistent. We conclude that overall, the Florida hypothesis does not explain the locational decisions of creatives in the Australian context.
Subject Urban and Regional Economics
Regional Analysis and Development
Keyword(s) Creative Occupations
Florida Hypothesis
Quantile Regression
Tolerance
Diversity
Australia
Census
ISSN 1324-0935
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