Evaluating local job creation: A "job chains" perspective

Daniel Felsenstein*, Joseph Persky

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This article introduces economic development planners to a new approach to evaluating local job creation efforts, an approach that explicitly considers the chains of employment vacancies that open up when new jobs are created. This "job chains" model is an analytic framework for assessing the employment impacts associated with economic development programs and the social value of those impacts. The approach focuses on measuring the wage gains to job changers and placing realistic values on jobs for those not previously employed in the area. It explicitly considers both efficiency and distributional effects of job creation. We discuss the simple mechanics of the technique and present an example relating to the establishment of a large auto plant in a major Midwestern city. We conclude with practical ground rules for planners carrying out a job chains analysis of an economic development effort.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)23-34
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the American Planning Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2007


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