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Unrewarded careers in the creative class: The strange case of bohemian graduates

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  • Roberta Comunian
  • Alessandra Faggian
  • Qian Cher Li

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In recent years, the role of human capital in economic development has been integrated with the concept of 'creative class'. To investigate the impact of creative occupations, the paper focuses on the jobs and career opportunities of individuals with high human capital in the creative disciplines (bohemian graduates). Using micro-individual student data by the Higher Education Statistical Agency, we highlight the mismatch between bohemian graduates and creative occupations and their low economic reward. The data question the role of bohemian graduates as agents of knowledge spillovers and highlight the need to differentiate between different type of human capital and job markets to better understand their influence on local growth. Copyright (c) 2010 the author(s). Journal compilation (c) 2010 RSAI.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Papers in Regional Science.

Volume (Year): 89 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 389-410

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Handle: RePEc:bla:presci:v:89:y:2010:i:2:p:389-410

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  1. Emanuela Marrocu & Raffaele Paci, 2013. "Regional Development and Creativity," International Regional Science Review, , vol. 36(3), pages 354-391, July.
  2. Christophe Godlewski & Laurent Weill, 2011. "Does Collateral Help Mitigate Adverse Selection? A Cross-Country Analysis," Journal of Financial Services Research, Springer, vol. 40(1), pages 49-78, October.
  3. Winters, John V., 2013. "STEM Graduates, Human Capital Externalities, and Wages in the U.S," IZA Discussion Papers 7830, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Lee, Neil & Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés, 2013. "Creativity, cities and innovation," CEPR Discussion Papers 9598, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  5. Maria Abreu & Alessandra Faggian & Roberta Comunian & Philip McCann, 2012. "“Life is short, art is long”: the persistent wage gap between Bohemian and non-Bohemian graduates," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 49(2), pages 305-321, October.
  6. Mark D., Partridge & M. Rose, Olfert, 2010. "The Winner's Choice: Sustainable Economic Strategies for Successful 21st Century Regions," MPRA Paper 29646, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Stephens, Heather & Partridge, Mark, 2012. "Lake Amenities, Environmental Degradation, and Great Lakes Regional Growth," MPRA Paper 43903, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Maria Abreu & Alessandra Faggian & Philip McCann, 2011. "Migration and inter-industry mobility of UK graduates: Effect on earnings and career satisfaction," ERSA conference papers ersa11p118, European Regional Science Association.

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