BPEA | 1992 No. 1

Regional Evolutions

Lawrence F. Katz and Olivier Blanchard
Olivier Blanchard C. Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow - Peterson Institute for International Economics
discussants: Barry Eichengreen and
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Barry Eichengreen Professor - University of California, Berkeley
Robert E. Hall
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Robert E. Hall Robert and Carole McNeil Joint Hoover Senior Fellow and Professor of Economics - Stanford University

1992, No. 1

IN 1987, the unemployment rate in Massachusetts averaged 3.2 percent,
three percentage points below the national rate. Only four years later, in
1991, it stood at 9.0 percent, more than two points above the national
rate. For firms taking investment decisions and for unemployed workers
thinking about relocating, the obvious question is whether and when
things will return to normal in Massachusetts. This is the issue that we
take up in our paper.