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Trade, location, and wages in the United States

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  • Knaap, Thijs

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This paper estimates a spatial wage structure for the United States. I employ the market-access and supplier-access method of Redding and Venables (2004), where access is determined using interstate trade data. Economic geography models predict that state-level wages are correlated to this measure, owing to higher levels of demand and better availability of intermediate goods in easily accessible regions. After correcting for omitted-variable bias with exogenous (first nature) regressors and using the appropriate instruments, I find that the explanatory power of access-variables is weak in this dataset.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Regional Science and Urban Economics.

Volume (Year): 36 (2006)
Issue (Month): 5 (September)
Pages: 595-612

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