Metropolitan Areas Can Fuel the Next Economy

March 7, 2011

A new report analyzes U.S. metropolitan areas’ contribution to state populations and economies, with an emphasis on how innovations, exports and talent from these burgeoning metropolitan areas can drive the next round of U.S. economic growth. Alan Berube says that with state budgets in crisis, we should look at how metropolitan areas can fuel the next economy.

Berube looks specifically at California, where metropolitan areas comprise 98% or more of the state’s economy, and the “tug-of-war” that occurs when state legislatures sit outside the state’s major metro areas.