How to succeed without really trying

Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“What would you end up with if you took a bunch of Democratic voting social liberals from California and transplanted them to an entirely different state with no income tax and a light touch regime of business regulation? You’d end up with the fastest growing city in America: Austin grew by 33% between 2010 and 2020, far faster than any other large metro area. Back in the 1960s, there was a movie entitled How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Austin residents vote Democratic, but they have not been allowed to try out the sort of policy regime that you see in other Democratic areas, such as California. Austin is an island of liberalism plunked down in the middle of conservative Texas.” (01/16/23)