Do state governors create jobs?
It's an important question, because the two leading Republican presidential candidates--former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and especially Texas governor Rick Perry--are both running on their records as job creators.
So Edward Glaeser, writing in the Boston Globe, crunched the numbers, to see whether job growth in their states really seemed to come from their policies, or from longer-term trends that also applied to their predecessors or successors in office. The result: neither man appears to have outpaced the longer-term trends shaping the job market in his state.
You can read the whole thing here.
- Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney