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Finally Shown: The Creative Class Was BS

July 4, 2012

Thanks to Bojack, we found this wonderful debunking of Florida’s “creative Class” BS (bold added):

” Krätke broke Florida’s Creative Class (which includes accountants,  realtors, bankers and politicians) into five separate groups and found that <B>only the “scientifically and technologically creative” workers had an impact on regional GDP.”</b>

Plain simple common sense. To bad there is none of that at Metro, County or City Hall.

More from the article (bold added):

Per­haps one of the most damn­ing stud­ies was in some ways the sim­plest. In 2009 Michele Hoy­man and Chris Far­icy pub­lished a study using Florida’s own data from 1990 to 2004, in which they tried to find a link between the pres­ence of the cre­ative class work­ers and any kind of eco­nomic  growth. “The results were pretty strik­ing,” said Far­icy, who now teaches polit­i­cal sci­ence at Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­sity. <b>“The mea­sure­ment of the cre­ative class that Florida uses in his book does not cor­re­late with any known mea­sure of eco­nomic growth and devel­op­ment. Basi­cally, we were able to show that the emperor has no clothes.” </b>Their study also ques­tioned whether the migra­tion of the cre­ative class was hap­pen­ing. “Florida said that cre­ative class presence—bohemians, gays, artists—will draw what we used to call yup­pies in,” says Hoy­man. “We did not find that.”

Read the whole fascinating article.

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