Economist Menzie Chinn's analysis of private nonfarm job growth in four states is highlighted by a Los Angeles Times columnist this week.
In his analysis of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas and California, Chinn finds that "'pro-business' policies do not appear to be conducive to rapid employment growth." Employment in Wisconsin and Kansas lags behind that of California, Minnesota and the United States as a whole, Chinn noted in his April 21 Econbrowser post. A follow-up post includes the actual econometrics.
Chinn, LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik notes, contrasts job growth rates with economic rankings posted by American Legislative Exchange Council, which ranks Kansas and Wisconsin as business friendly, and California and Minnesota as not.
More evidence that conservative policies just don't work, May 8, 2014, Dailykos.com
Conservative Pro-Growth Policies Don't Actually Produce Any Growth, May 7, 2014, Mother Jones
Surprise! 'Pro-business' policies hurt state economic growth, May 6, 2014, Los Angeles Times