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?

1 comment:

  1. This doesn't address your query but I thought you might be interested to know that Sacramento was probably chosen (eventually, four years after CA became a state) not to separate it from financial power but because it was close to the mother lode in terms of the gold rush and thus was at the time where the bulk of new immigrants to the state arrived, giving it a solid economic base. San Francisco was by far the largest city at the time and Los Angeles was much much smaller than Sacramento.


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