Creative class employment and passenger air traffic by MSA: 2008-2013

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Erin Elisabeth Klinger (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Keith Debbage

Abstract: It has been suggested that certain sectors of employment play a key role in stimulating air passenger enplanements, one of these being the creative class. It is hypothesized in this thesis that there will be a positive correlation between the creative class and passenger enplanements by metropolitan area, with a specific focus on the super-creative core. Certain sectors of the super-creative core, such as computer and mathematical occupations, are expected to more significant role than others in fueling passenger air traffic. However, this thesis also recognizes that it is possible that key control variables will replace super-creative core employment as being important for driving passenger air traffic. Moreover, it is also hypothesized that the above relationships will diminish during the 2009 recession, but rise again during the post-recession era. The data for this analysis was collected from the Federal Aviation Administration, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the US Census for the years 2008 through 2013. While the regression showed only the beginnings of a relationship between passenger enplanements and the super-creative core, it was discovered that arts, entertainment, sports, and media occupations was the key sector of the super-creative core in relation to air passenger enplanements. However, for four out of six years, the control variable of average annual wage was most important to this relationship. The 2009 recession appeared to play a role in the aforementioned correlations as well.

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Language: English
Date: 2016
Air travel, Creative class, Economic development, Employment, Enplanements
Aeronautics, Commercial $x Passenger traffic
Creative ability $x Economic aspects
Employment (Economic theory)
Economic development

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