27 Sep 2012

Bleg: Money meets power

Premise: US state capitals were put in "secondary" cities to separate political from financial power, but the return to lobbying has grown with government power.

Hypothesis: Flights from the business capital to the political capital of a state (e.g., Los Angeles to Sacramento) have increased disproportionately as political power has increased (i.e., share of state budget in state economic activity).

Bleg: Does anyone know where to find panel data on flight frequency (not necessarily passenger volume) among cities in states?