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December 18, 2006

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It's a big issue, I know. I've been working on it with Charlotta Mellander, a Swedish researcher, and our first foray is this report on Sweden. In a nutshell, the report shows that the creative class measure of occupations significantly outperforms the conventional (education-based) human capital measure. It examines how different kinds of creative talent, including specific occupational groups, like scientists and engineers, and artists, designer and entertainers affect development. And it shows how three dimensions of quality of place - universities, amenities and diversity of consumer services and tolerance - shape the geographic distribution of human capital and the creative class.  We are now working on a similar study of the United States.  A  short except from the executive  summary:

While there is consensus on the importance of human capital to economic development, debate takes shape around two central issues. First, there is the question of how best to measure human capital. The conventional measure of human capital is based on educational attainment (share of population with a bachelor’s degree and above). But more recent research suggests that it is more important to measure what people do than what they study, and thus occupationally based measures, associated principally with creative class occupations, have been introduced. Second, there is debate over the factors that yield the geographic distribution of human capital in the first place. Three alternative factors have been found to play a role: universities; amenities (measured here as diversity of service industries); and openness and tolerance. We find that the creative class measures outperform conventional educational measures in accounting for regional development across our sample of Swedish regions. We also find that universities, amenities or service diversity, and openness and tolerance affect the distribution of human capital. These factors do not operate in competition with one another, but tend to attract or affect different types of talent. They can be thus said to play complementary roles in the geographic distribution of  talent.

Download the full report here.


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Gautam Chaudhury

Dear sir,
I am a HR professioanl & ineterested to join Human capital & creative class group .pl give me an opportunity,
Gautam chaudhury

Troy Camplin

I've been hearing about this creative class, and how it's the next big thing/group, and how it's transforming the economy, but here I am, a member of that creative class, unemployed with my Ph.D. I have a Ph.D. in the Humanities, a M.A. in English, and a B.A. in molecular biology and I'm a writer (poetry, fiction, etc) and interdisciplinary scholar, and I can't find anyone who knows what to even do with me.

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"I've been hearing about this creative class, and how it's the next big thing/group, and how it's transforming the economy, but here I am, a member of that creative class, unemployed with my Ph.D. I have a Ph.D. in the Humanities, a M.A. in English, and a B.A. in molecular biology and I'm a writer (poetry, fiction, etc) and interdisciplinary scholar, and I can't find anyone who knows what to even do with me."

Has a study been done to test a disconnect between self organized communities and their interface with the corporatized community? There seems to be a bottle neck holding up what is the more obvious trend Richard Florida has pointed out. Also, if I was running a university or degree program I would feel my business model threatened by a grass roots meritocracy. If corporatized education is holding hands with a corporatized work force that could also lead to a nice kick back scheme designed to disinclude grass roots creativity from normal forms of compensation. You can extrapolate further I'm sure.

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