Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, May 9, 2014

Chinn's analysis of job growth rates gets attention

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

State Employment Trends: Does a Low Tax/Right-to-Work/Low Minimum Wage Regime Correlate to Growth – An Econometric Addendum, April 23, Econbrowser

State Employment Trends: Does a Low Tax/Right-to-Work/Low Minimum Wage Regime Correlate to Growth?, April 21, Econbrowser